Questions tagged [leptons]

Leptons are elementary fermions that do not experience the strong interaction: electrons, muons, tauons, and neutrinos.

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Are the electron and positron doublets in any mathematical sense?

I know left handed electrons and electron neutrinos are isospin doublets. Is there any analogous way in which an electron and a positron are related? My first thought is some sort time-parity doublet.
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How $W^{\pm}$ bosons get their electric charge $\pm 1$ as opposed to $Z_0$ that have neutral electric charge?

In the 'Standard Model' book by Y. Grossman and Y. Nir, in chapter 7 (the leptonic standard model) on page 93 after defining the charge of the broken symmetry generator, i.e $Q=T_3+Y$ they say that ...
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Can muonic atoms exist?

Would it be possible in the standard model to have atom like systems in which muons (or tauons) take the place of electrons? Why don't we see more of them? For instance it could be related to some ...
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What is the way to work out the running of lepton masses?

If we assume the GUT unification energy is some value E, (say $10^{16}GeV$). Can we work out the running of the particle masses for example the electon, muon and tau at various energies? And will ...
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How can pure leptonic interactions be mediated by the weak force?

$\mu^+ \rightarrow e^+ + \nu_e + \bar \nu_\mu$ Consider the above decay, it is given in my lecture notes as a weak force interaction. I thought the weak force was only involved when quarks change ...
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Conservation of lepton

I was reading a bit about nuclear/particle physics when I came up to Cours et problèmes corrigés de physique nucléaire et de physique des particules by Philippe Miné in 2016 ISBN 2340011566, which is ...
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Can muons decay into quarks?

Muon decays are almost always written as $$\mu^- \rightarrow e^-+ \bar\nu_e +\nu_\mu.$$ The reason given on wikipedia is that one of the product neutrinos of muon decay must be a muon-type neutrino ...
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Current experimental evidence of lepton flavour violation other than neutrino oscillation

Is Lepton Flavour Violation (LFV) experimentally established in processes other than neutrino oscillation? This answer by Luboš Motl points out that Interestingly, CMS has detected a 2.5 sigma ...
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Mass splitting for leptons and down quarks in $SU(5)$ model?

In the minimal $SU(5)$ GUT model, the masses of the leptons and the corresponding down-type quarks must be equal. i.e. $m_e=m_d$, $m_\mu=m_s$, $m_\tau=m_b$. Whereas this is approximately correct for ...
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Possible decay modes of Pion

I am aware that the following decay mode may happen: $$\pi^- → e^-\overline\nu $$ My question is why is the following decay mode not possible $$\pi^- → e^-\nu $$
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Fierz identities and Weinberg operator

I've been told that $$ (\bar{L_i^c}\widetilde{\phi}^{\ *})(\widetilde{\phi}^\dagger L_k) = -\frac{1}{2}(\bar{\widetilde{L}}_i \vec{\sigma}L_k)(\widetilde{\phi}^\dagger \vec{\sigma} \phi) \tag1 $$ by ...
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Decay width of the tau lepton

The total decay width of a particle, $\Gamma$, is proportional to the fifth power of its mass, $m$, $$ \Gamma \propto m^5$$ We also know that the dominant decays of the tau lepton are $$\tau^- \to \...
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Feynman diagram for semileptonic decay of neutral kaon

I am unsure how to draw a feynman diagram for a reaction that occurs as follows $$ K^0 --> l^+\nu_l\pi^- $$ Any tips would be helpful.
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Effect of Lepton Flavor Universality (LFU) on Lepton Flavor Violation (LFV)

Does the search for Lepton Flavor Violation (LFV) get affected in any possible way when Lepton Flavor Universality (LFU) is used for background estimation? More specifically, because tau's show some ...
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Is weak interaction the only interaction capable of changing the flavor of leptons?

I see this sentence in wiki about weak interaction: It is the only interaction capable of changing the flavor of quarks. So why only quarks? Why not leptons? Is there another interaction which can ...
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Muons - how are we even able to detect them? [closed]

muons have a very small half life comparable to 2.5 μs or so. But we know that it has to cover a very large distance from upper atmospheric layers to reach the particle detectors installed at earth's ...
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Half-life and muon decay

Imagine that we have a single muon. It has a life span of 2.2 microseconds on average. So normally, after that amount of time, the muon will decay. Now imagine we have two groups of muons. Group A has ...
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Can a neutron decay into a proton + muon (+ muon-neutrino)

Can a neutron, if it has enough kinetic energy, decay like: $ \hspace{0.3cm} n \rightarrow p + \mu^- + \bar{\nu}_\mu $ I assume it's not allowed since it's not on the possible decay modes on the ...
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Naive question about lepton/quark energy states

I understand there are 3 energy states for quarks and leptons (electron, muon, tauon... Up, charm, top etc.) And we have 3 forces (not including gravity, em, strong and weak). This naively seems ...
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Why do we have constraints on the baryon asymmetry of the universe and not the lepton asymmetry?

What is it about baryons that means that CMB observations can determine their asymmetry without also including a charged leptonic component?
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Gamma Photons vs. Muons; Which is more expensive [closed]

Which one takes more energy to produce? I ask as I theorize that keeping the plasma in a fusion reactor is very expensive. Muons, while useful, are too short lived. Maybe... Keeping the plasma at ...
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Leptons during Electroweak Epoch

Prior to the electroweak force splitting, did charged leptons still carry a charge of $e$? I was under the impression that, since electromagnetism didn't exist in its current state prior to ...
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Black hole and lepton number conservation [duplicate]

Can falling of an electron into a black be treated as a process in which energy, charge, spin (angular momentum) and lepton number of the system are conserved? Imagine a small volume of space that at ...
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What is the Difference between a Lepton and a Fermion?

As the Title Says: I am Wondering what the Difference between a Lepton and A Fermion is. I know they both have an ½ integer spin number e.g. a electron, an atom with an odd mass number such as Helium-...
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Compositeness and bounds on “preon” mass

Since the discovery of Higgs particle, compositeness models are not so popular despite the fact they have interesting features. Peskin, in the article "Compositeness of quarks and leptons" (pdf), ...
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Muon decay - Type of interaction

Why does weak interaction occur when a muon decays? Why can't electromagnetic interaction occur when a muon decays?
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Is this Feynman diagram possible?

I have been introduced to Feynman diagrams in a particle physics University module and I just created this diagram to practice checking conservation laws: I have been told that charge, baryon and ...
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How does Bhabha scattering imply the existence of quark/lepton substructure?

In the 1983 journal article New Tests for Quark and Lepton Substructure which covers some science and mathematics behind quark and lepton composition (theoretical). It says: Bhabha-scattering ...
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Flavour violating muon decay

Why is a muon decay into gamma and electron not possible? Where/how does it violate the lepton flavour as muon and electron both have -1? Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepton_number
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Why do we regard ($e^{-}, \nu_{e}$) as a doublet?

To my understanding, particles in a multiplet have similar properties (similar masses and so on) and slight or symmetric differences (in mass, electric charge, spin, and so on). They can be regarded ...
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What, specifically, creates tauons?

It is hard for me to find a site/book/article explaining how, exactly, tau particles are created.
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Gauging $U(1)_{B-L}$ in the absence of right-handed neutrinos

If we gauge the baryon minus lepton number symmetry $U(1)_{B-L}$, the mixed lepton-gravity-anomalies cancel in the presence of right-handed neutrinos (see e.g. this paper). However, if right-handed ...
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Antimuon and electron annihilation to 2 photons [closed]

An antimuon and electron may bind together via Coulombic attraction and then decay, but is the following process possible? $$(\mu^++e^-) → \gamma + \gamma$$ $\mu^+$ : antimuon $\gamma$ : ...
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Are there any experimental bounds on the ratio of neutrinos to antineutrinos in the universe?

In the Standard Model, both baryon number and lepton number are conserved quantities (excluding the theoretical possibility of sphaleron processes which are exceeding rare, at least at non-"near in ...
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How do electrons get a charge?

Electrons belong to a group of elementary particles called leptons. There are charged and neutral leptons. And electron is the charged one. But how come it got charged? The negative or positive ...
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Can quark-lepton mass be partially generated by Higgs?

In the Standard Model, quark-lepton masses are also generated by their couplings with the Higgs particle as the W, Z vector bosons are. Their masses are different because the Yukawwa couplings are ...
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Can we tell something about rest mass from this plot of differential cross-section? [closed]

What we can interpret from the plots below? My aim is to find any resonance peak for di-leptons considering the the produced gamma from quarks and antiquarks can annihilate to lepton and anti ...
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Is it at least theoretically possible for an electron and an antimuon or antitauon to annihilate?

In other words, can mismatched particles and antiparticles react with each other? What about an up quark and anti-down quark?
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Why is $\mu\to e \gamma$ forbidden in the SM w/o neutrino masses?

I have some questions about the next problem: The process µ → eγ does not occur in the Standard Model in the absence of neutrino masses. a) The muon is identical to the electron except for ...
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Is this an acceptable formula for charged lepton masses?

Looking for a formula which gives good values for the charged lepton masses and which satisfy the Koide relationship, I derived this formula (note the square): $$\{m_e, m_\mu, m_\tau\} \propto ...
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The physical meaning of electromagnetic waves

What, fundamentally, is an electromagnetic wave? As far as I know, all wave phenomena are derivations of an oscillating processes, e.g. particles vibrating in a medium. I can't imagine a wave process ...
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Why can't leptons interact with the strong nuclear force?

So if I understand correctly the strong nuclear force is mediated in the following way: Around nucleons, there exists a potential probability cloud of pions that can be fired by the nucleons. For two ...
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Is it possible to create anti-muons in a particle accelerator?

I love particle and nuclear physics and I'm starting to search some things about it even though I'm only a high school student. So, my doubt is: is it possible to create antimuons (positive charged ...
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How does one categorize antiparticles in flavor, family and generation?

$$\newcommand{\A}{\text{A}}\newcommand{\B}{\text{B}}\newcommand{\C}{\text{C}}\newcommand{\D}{\text{D}} \begin{array}{|c|ccc|} \hline { } & \text{1st} & \text{2nd} & \text{3rd} \\ \hline \...
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Why the $\beta^-$ decay releases $e^-+\nu_e$ and not $\tau$ or $\mu$ generations?

The $\beta^-$ decay is \begin{equation} n \rightarrow p + e^- + \bar\nu_e \tag{1} \end{equation} It can be broken down into \begin{align} d \rightarrow & \ u + W^- \tag{2}\\ W^- \rightarrow &...
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Looking for info on the average decay energy of the Tauon

I am interested in finding the average decay energy of the Tauon. I am interested in the average net decay energy as a function of the known branching ratios of the tauon decay as well as the average ...
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Relationship between electrons (leptons) and quarks

I assert the following is true: Either: electrons are made up of (two) quarks Or: Quarks are made up of some kind of smaller particles, which also make up electrons. I think this must be the case ...
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How is the electron depicted in simplest string theory and how the muon and tau? Are intermediate masses excluded by the model?

I am curious to understand can string theory give the masses of electron, muon and tau. I suppose they are closed strings and vibration wavelength must be the length of the string divided by a digit $...
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How can energy in Ev of particles e.g. muons be measured in a cloud chamber?

I have a Wilson thermoelectric cloud chamber and would like to obtaine the energy of cosmic particles e.g. muons. I would greatly appreciate your answer.
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Feynman Diagram with antineutrinos and neutrinos

I just recently learned how to draw feynman diagrams by looking at an equation such as one for $\beta-$ Decay: $$n = p + e^- + \bar{v}_e$$ I was wondering in $\beta-$ why an electron-antineutrino was ...