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Minimal size of physical entities

I know that per current knowledge there are layers of size of physical entities going from elementary particles to molecules (and from molecules to molecular structures such as bricks or organism ...
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Is there a reason, other than mass hierarchy, that we associate each quark generation with a particular lepton generation?

The Standard Model contains three generations of quarks, and three generations of leptons. We generally pair off these generations into the "light" generation ($e, \nu_e, u, d$), the "medium" ...
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What are the allowed $W$ bosons in Muon decay?

I am curious about the allowed Feynman diagrams in Muon decay and whether the $W$ boson can be either the $W^+$ or $W^-$. Muon decay follows the reaction: \begin{equation} \mu^-\rightarrow e^-+\...
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Can string theory explain why the charge of the positron and of the proton are equal? [duplicate]

There is not much more to elaborate. Can string theory say why electrons and protons have exactly opposite charge? And thus why hydrogen atoms are neutral? I guess that the answer is no, because ...
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Question about quantum fields, elementary particles, and quantum numbers, and fundamental forces

As I understand it the allowable spin states of elementary particles is tied to the number of space and time dimensions, so for any two universes with the same number of space and time dimensions the ...
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Approximating the wave functions of multiple electrically charged elementary particles as a function of time and position

As I understand it the wave function of a free particle in natural units is defined by the equation $$\Psi(\vec{r},t)=\left(\frac{a}{a+it/m}\right)^\frac{3}{2}e^{-\frac{{\vec{r}}^2}{2(a+it/m)}}$$ with ...
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The Big Bang and universal elemental abundance. Predictions seems bad and unconvincing?

Allow me to preface this question by stating that I am not a Big Bang denier. I am reading the book A Universe from Nothing by Lawrence M. Krauss. In his book, he presents the following card as one ...
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Spin of the particle and degrees of freedom

Wigner showed that irreducible representations of the Poincare group can be listed, depending of the mass being zero or larger then zero, as $2J+1$ dimensional representations where $J$ is half-...
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How do we know that the charges in an electron and a proton are equal? [duplicate]

An electron and a proton have opposite charges. But how can we be so sure that they have equal amount of charge but opposite? Can't there be a slight difference?
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Could there be elementary particles with electric charge $> 2e$?

There are many quantum field theories, which extend the Standard Model and have new particles. For example, X boson of Georgi-Glashow model has charge $4e/3$ and some Higgs models involve a Higgs ...
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Is it possible for a charged particle to have no spin? [duplicate]

Can a charged point particle ever have spin zero? If not why?
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Why are there no elementary charged, spin-zero particles?

In the spirit of a related inquiry, I would like to know if there's a basis for understanding why there aren't any elementary particles that have non-zero electric charge but zero spin? Can such a ...
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Can elementary particles be abstractly represented as polytopes or geometric functions?

In Quantum Field Theory, elementary particles are represented like localized oscillations (localized transverse spherical standing waves) of their underlying fields, or superpositions of their normal ...
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Quantum particle definition

I'm reading a-lot of articles lately which mention "quantum particle" I was wandering what defines quantum particle in opposed to "regular particle"? from what I've read on the web, there are two ...
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Can Target in x-ray emit L alpha without emitting K alpha? Also can hydrogen emit characteristic x-ray?

Is it not possible that incoming electron excite the hydrogen atom and then when it de-excites it releases radiation? Here please don't answer no because hydrogen is light. My actual query is can ...
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Why doesn't string theory predict the existence of infinitely many elementary particles?

I'm a physicist, but my knowledge of string theory is extremely minimal. My naive conceptual understanding is that the vacuum is modeled as a certain topology (and geometry?) for the spacetime, and ...
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About the reason why the change of a muon into an electron plus a photon is not seen

Let me state first that I don't think this is a duplicate of the mentioned question, though the basic thought is the same. Nevertheless, I come up with the prequark rishon theory of Harari, which ...
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Why are muons considered to be “elementary particles” in the Standard Model?

According to this article, a muon decays into one electron and two neutrinos. According to this article, elementary particles or fundamental particles are particles "whose substructure is unknown, ...
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How can electrons and quarks be composite?

There are theories suggesting that the electrons and quarks are not elementary particles, but instead are composite particles of two or more yet undiscovered elementary particles. However ...
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What does color represent in quarks?

Im sure I'm pretty undereducated to be asking a question like this, but what do the colors represent in quark chromodynamics? A I understand it, each color represents a sort of charge, but what kind ...
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Are all bound states entangled?

In QM, a bound state is a special state of a particle subject to ta potential such that the particle tends to remain localized in space. The potential may be external or it may be the result ...
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How to interpret air movement when we breath in terms of fundamental laws of nature?

How to interpret the movement of air in nose in the two parts of breath : inspire and expire in terms of the 4 interactions of nature, gravitational, electromagnetic, weak, strong interactions ?
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Do Calabi -Yau shapes also influence a strings particle identity?

Since strings reside on the surface of a d-brane, and it' a three dimensional hyperspace, are their manifestations as certain particles also influenced by Calabi Yau Spaces? Could the way strings ...
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Pauli's exclusion principle in elementary particles

Elementary particles such as Quarks obey Pauli's exclusion principle since they exist in three colors (RBG). Where as electrons which is also elementary that does not have any color quantum numbers ...
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Can elementary particles quantum entangle?

I just want to know if elementary particles, such as a quark, can entangle with another elementary particle of the same kind. If so, does entanglement for elementary particles follow the same ...
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Is there anything in the universe that cannot be compressed?

I've always thought that there is nothing in the universe that cannot be compressed or deformed under enough force but my friend insists that elementary particles are exempt from this. My thought is ...
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Half life of elementary particles

Do elementary particles have half life? Can we theoretically calculate half of a particle which is in complete isolation?
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Why do electrons have rest energy?

E=mc² so inserting the value of m and c we get 0.511 MeV for electron but then what does this energy account for coz according to me electrons are not made up of any particles so this doesn't account ...
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What effects would a finding of Gravitational Repulsion Between Matter and Anti-Matter in the ALPHA Experiment have on Mainstream Theory?

The actual nature of the gravitational force between matter and anti-matter (attractive or repulsive) remains unsettled: See Are there experiments taking place right now that might show evidence for ...
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Why don't strings have a Planck mass? (version 2)

The Energy $E$ of a fundamental string due to its length $L$ goes like $$E\sim TL$$ where string tension $T$ is given by $$T \sim \frac{1}{l_P^2}$$ (Using natural units $\hbar=c=1$ with planck ...
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Why don't strings have a Planck mass?

I understand that strings have a size of roughly the Planck length $l_P$ of $10^{-35}$ m. If that is the case then one would expect that their mass would be roughly the Planck mass which is an ...
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Do elementary particles have a density?

The SM supposes elementary particles are structureless unless composite objects like hadrons. For bosons, that can occupy the same state, we can define energy or mass density. The same happens but ...
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If quarks don't exist individually how can we say baryons are made up of three quarks?

We know the composite subatomic particles are made up of odd number of quarks (at least 3 for baryons ) or combination of quarks and antiquarks (mesons). My question is if they don't exist ...
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Why do we use this diagram/model for elementary particles?

The model of elementary particles is analagous to the periodic table, which is organized not only beautifully, but also functionally. The typical model for the elementary particles that pops up ...
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Possible Feynman diagram for $\tau^+ \rightarrow p \mu^+ \mu^-$ and $\tau^+ \rightarrow \bar{p} \mu^+ \mu^+$?

I want to know the possible Feynman diagram for these two lepton family, lepton and baryon number violating tau decays. These decays are forbidden in the Standard Model. But the further extension of ...
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Are there compelling reasons not to organize the elementary particles by charge and spin? [closed]

I don't like the way the standard model is currently displayed (see second picture for reference). It does a poor job of abstracting the information into something understandable. As far as I ...
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When an electron changes its spin, or any other intrinsic property, is it still the same electron?

I am not asking why an intrinsic property, like spin can have more then a single value. I understand particles (electrons) can come to existence with either up or down spin. I am asking why it can ...
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Can there be interference between a proton and an electron?

For example, we know that we can interfere two different electrons or two different protons by employing them in a double-slit experiment. Now suppose, we mix protons and electrons and shoot them ...
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How are quarks elementary when they can become leptons? [duplicate]

From a recently reignited [casual] curiosity into particle physics thanks to the Fermilab YouTube channel, I read about the g-2 experiment, followed by muons, naturally. Muons, it turns out have short ...
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How do we know that the $W$ and $Z$ bosons aren't composite?

Background to my reasoning: When the strong force was first discovered, it was considered to be the force that interacts between nucleons to keep the nucleus together and that the mediator bosons of ...
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Which sterile neutrino are we looking for?

I am trying to wrap my head around sterile neutrinos. As far as I understand it, sterile neutrino is a name for every particle that feels only gravitational force. The most notable example is a right-...
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Sizes of Elementary Particles

Present observation shows that elementary particles have no internal structure, and have no real size as they are described by wavefunction. Something that therefore confuses me is that on a lot of ...
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Do electrons have shape?

According to the Wikipedia page on the electron: The electron has no known substructure. Hence, it is defined or assumed to be a point particle with a point charge and no spatial extent. Does ...
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why do quantum fields exist? [closed]

Why did the big bang give rise to the quantum fields it did, could the big bang have created the universe any other way? and why not more elementary particles?
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Can quarks be considered real and elementary?

In our current theories all hadrons are made up of quarks and gluons. This view reduces considerably the big family of hadrons by providing a very logical structure in which all quantum properties ...
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Are fundamental particles more than their properties?

Parent questions: What came first, neutrons or electrons? Why saying that during electron capture the electron is converted to a neutrino? Background: various nuclear phenomena show the ...
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Branching fractions for the 125 GeV Higgs boson

Calculating the branching fractions of a Higgs boson $m_h=125\,\text{GeV}$ into a muon and an anti-muon, and a $b$-quark and an anti-$b$-quark from the decay formula $$\Gamma=\frac{\alpha_{w}}{8 \...
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What gives an electron its charge? [duplicate]

What exactly gives electrons a charge? I understand how in molecules, an imbalance between electrons and protons give ions charges and I also understand that there is really no positive or negative ...
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Can two people see the same photon?

In a dark room there are two people and a very faint candle. Then the candle emits one photon. Is it true that only one person can see the photon? Why? And are there any experiments? Edit 2019/4/23: ...
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An electron has no known internal structure, does that imply it has an unknown one?

I'm currently reading Alonso and Finn's Electromagnetism book. It explains that the spin contributes to the magnetic moment and is somewhat comparable to a rotation of the particle around its own ...