Questions tagged [particle-physics]

Particle physics is the study of the fundamental forces of nature as they are embodied in the interactions of elementary and composite particles at high energies and short time and distance scales.

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Status of experimental searches for tachyons?

Now that the dust has settled on the 2011 superluminal neutrino debacle at OPERA, I'm interested in understanding the current status of experimental searches for tachyons. Although the OPERA claim was ...
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Is there any way to distinguish experimentally gauge mediation from gravity mediation in an unambiguous way?

There are lots of models of gravity mediated SUSY breaking with various spectra as well as various general gauge mediation models. Are there any "smoking gun" experimental singnatures that could ...
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Strong interacting v.s. Strong Coupling v.s. Strong Correlated

One of the active research areas in present is Strong interacting, Strong Coupling, Strong Correlated regime of the phases of matters. It seems to me that some physicists in the fields often mix the ...
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Did the Feynman heuristic of “simple effects have simple causes” fail for spin statistics?

Someone here recently noted that "The spin-statistics thing isn't a problem, it is a theorem (a demonstrably valid proposition), and it shouldn't be addressed, it should be understood and celebrated." ...
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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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status of +4/3 scalar as explanation of $t\bar t$ asymmetry

One of the early proposals for the Tevatron asymmetry on $t \bar t$ was a "fundamental diquark" with a charge (and hypercharge) +4/3, either in a triplet or a sextet colour. I am interested on the ...
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A moderate introduction to Hanbury Brown Twiss interferometry in particle physics

For astronomy, as originally invented, the Hanbury Brown Twiss interferometer is good for finding the angular diameter of stars and is not a rapidly fluctuating observable like the amplitude in ...
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Why might $B$ meson decays violate lepton universality?

Scientists from various institutions have recently discovered that there might be a break in the application of the Standard Model, particularly with a fundamental principle called the lepton ...
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“Modern Presentation” of Observations on Phase Transitions

In the introduction of Introduction to QFT by Peskin and Schroeder, the authors write "we do not discuss the beautiful and varied experiments on phase transitions that led to the confirmation of field ...
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Integration & bremsstrahlung calculation

In this paper (relevant pdf section) that I'm reading, involving the calculation of bremsstrahlung in electron proton scattering (diagram below), the author calculates the integral over outgoing ...
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axial and vector resonances in composite higgs models

Is there a reason to believe that the axial resonances be heavier than the vector resonances in the composite higgs models? For instance, in http://arxiv.org/abs/0808.2071, to have zero tree level ...
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On the naturalness problem

I know that there are several questions about the naturalness (or hierarchy or fine-tunning) problem of scalars masses in physics.stackexcange.com, but I have not found answers to any of the following ...
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How well is the $\rho$ and $\omega$ coupling universality measured?

Is there any good recent experimental data that tests whether the $\rho$ coupling constant depends only on the isospin multiplet of the produced particle? EDIT: I got a downvote, so I should explain ...
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Up and down quark content of neutral pion

If isospin were a perfect symmetry, then the neutral pion would have equal $u\bar u$ and $d\bar d$ content, but since up quarks are slightly lighter than down quarks, the neutral pion, being the ...
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To what extent are lepton and quark generations tied in the Standard Model?

The Standard Model of particle physics splits both the leptons and the quarks into three generations, with mass and instability going up from the first to the third generation. These are normally ...
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Why the spin 3/2 particle equation would violate causality?

I've recently come around the study of the so called Rarita-Schwinger equation for elementary particles of spin $3/2$. The point it the article is really short, and no book treats the topic in a very ...
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Large Hadron Collider 2015 upgrade, what may we discover?

I realise that the initial answer to my question that may come to mind is, "we don't know yet, obviously" But my question is hopefully not opinion based. For example, does this upgrade have a ...
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Could sphaleron-induced proton decay also cause vacuum decay?

I will say right away that I don't mean standard-model sphalerons, I mean the sphalerons of some extension of the standard model. The reason to even think about this is last year's paper by Frampton ...
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What statistical test should I use?

I have two differential cross sections $d\sigma_{1,2}/dM$ ($M$ is some invariant mass) corresponding to different hypothesis. What I want is to calculate how well the appropriate experiment would do ...
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Where in fundamental physics are Lie groups actually important (and not just Lie algebras)?

I was wondering where in fundamental physics the global structure of a Lie group actually makes a difference. Most of the time physicists are sloppy and don't distinguish groups and algebras ...
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The “dangerous” fixed points for Renormalization Group

What is the definition of dangerously irrelevant renormalization-group (RG) fixed point? What are some examples of dangerously irrelevant RG fixed points? Do we also have the use of dangerously ...
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Is it possible for quarks and charged leptons to 'oscillate' analogously to neutrinos?

In a hypothetical scenario where the coupling of the fermions to the gauge fields were extremely small, would it be possible to observe quark and charged leptons oscillate in the same manner as we ...
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Categorizing solutions to Hierarchy problem

We know that no gauge symmetry can prevent a term $m_\phi^2|\phi|^2$ for a scalar field, and that, given the quadratic loop corrections, the natural scale is $m_\phi \sim M_P$. This is related to the ...
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Final-state baryons in $p \bar p$ collisions in Pythia

I'm trying to simulate inclusive $\chi_c$ production in $p \bar p$ collisions at very low energies (~ 5.5 GeV) using Pythia8 event generator. Leaving aside problems bounded with applicability of ...
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Seeking chiral anomaly EFT example

If an effective field theory has a chiral anomaly it means that chiral symmetry isn't a symmetry of the underlying theory which has been cut off to make the EFT. My question is whether there's a good ...
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What would happen to 2 separate photons on an uninterrupted path

So I am a middle schooler and from what i understand, photons can interact with surrounding particle via gravity. If this is true, would 2 photons on an uninterrupted and completely isolated path ...
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Smallest minimum feature size possible for transistors printed by photolithography

I'm doing a project about Moore's Law, one of the subtopics I've come to is photolithography. The way I understand it is that the MOSFET transistors are currently printed on a silicon wafer by ...
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Classic mass predictions from Left-Right models with discrete symmetries?

I am covering the classic literature on predictions of Cabibbo angle or other relationships in the mass matrix. As you may remember, this research was a rage in the late seventies, after noticing that ...
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Is there precision experimental evidence for Furry's theorem — that only even degree VEVs are non-zero?

Is there precision experimental evidence for or contradicting Furry's theorem -- that only even degree VEVs are non-zero, specifically for the EM field?
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What mechanism creates the difference between left and right in the universe?

Or, more general, what mechanism creates the distinction between two opposite directions in the universe, which manifests itself in the existence of only left-handed neutrinos? The standard model ...
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Detecting the electroweak unification in data of quark gluon plasma

Electroweak unification is discussed in the Big Bang model and variant proposals, and there is a transition at energies of 100 GeV where the EW symmetry is unbroken and a quark gluon plasma phase ...
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How solitons are related to particle physics?

Recently, I read a paper about introduction to solitons. Author said that the solutions of sine-Gordon equation can be candidate for modeling elementary particles and there are some applications in ...
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Quantization during phase transition

Consider a scalar field $\phi(t,\vec{x})$ in $\mathbb{R}^{1,3}$ with the following lagrangian $$ \mathcal{L} = \frac{1}{2}\partial_\mu\phi\partial^\mu\phi - V(\phi) $$ where $V(\phi)$ is such that ...
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Does the background shift affects the renormalization group equations?

In Section 21 of "Quantum Field theory" by Mark Srednicki, it is shown that there are two equivalent ways to get the quantum action of the shifted field $\phi'= \phi-\tilde{\phi}$, where $\phi$ is the ...
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How are the dark matter (DM) thermalization rates derived in singlet DM model?

This well-cited paper talks about a minimal renormalizable extension to the Standard Model (SM) to incorporate particle dark matter (DM) into it by adding a real scalar field $S$ which (unlike the ...
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Beta function for non-Abelian gauge theory with both fermionic and bosonic matter fields

Consider a non-Abelian gauge theory with both fermionic $\psi$ and bosonic $\phi$ matter fields in 4D, which may be called a QCD-Higgs model, $$L=-\frac{1}{4 g^2}F_{\mu\nu}F^{\mu\nu}+\bar{\psi}i\gamma^...
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How can I test whether my cloud chamber is supersaturated or not?

Me and my friend are building a diffusion cloud chamber for a school project. In stead of using dry ice or a peltier, we have used the phase changer of a freezer to cool our plate. We were able to ...
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Why are spin 1/2 baryons less massive/energetic than spin 3/2 ones?

I am just wondering why the lower spin state multiplets for both baryons (when looking at $L=0$ and considering only the u d and s quarks) are lower in energy i.e. the 1/2+ multiplet is lower than the ...
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What is the topology of phase space of $n$ free relativistic particles in center of mass frame?

Consider an ensemble of $n$ relativistic particles of fixed masses $m_i \geq 0$, $i=1,\ldots,n$ with four momenta $p_i$ such that $p_i^2=m_i^2$. In center of mass frame they sum up to $$P=p_1+\cdots+...
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Where do the intrinsic parities of particles come from?

It is known that some particles have negative intrinsic parity - for example pion $\pi$. I was wondering if this parity can be understood. I read somewhere that parity of quarks is defined to be ...
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Calculating statistical significance of peak over background in counting experiment

I histogrammed the invariant masses of particular events in a counting experiment. There is a specific peak which towers over the expected exponential background. How can I give the statistical ...
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What is the difference between Breit-Wigner mass and pole mass in PDG?

In Review of Particle Physics 2014, page 81, in the baryon summary table, there are usually noticeable differences between Re(pole position) and Breit-Wigner mass, for example, for $N(1440)$, $M_{BW}=...
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Energy dependency of the total cross section for different species

Comparing the plots for the total (inelastic) cross sections as a function of the centre of mass energy for $pp$ and $e^+e^-$ collisions: one notes that the trend at high energy is opposite: the $pp$ ...
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Condition for CP violation

I am studying how weak and strong phases lead to CP violation. I am following CP Violation by Branco. There is some algebra that I can not follow. Consider the process : $ a + \bar{a} \rightarrow b ...
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Intrinsic parity

When we apply parity on a field two times, we demand that we should get back the same field. This gives us, $P^{2} =1$, which implies, $ P \psi = e^{i \theta} \psi$ . This extra phase factor is ...
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What processes contribute to non-relativistic proton-antiproton collsions (annihilation)

I wonder what the dominant contributions of nuclear interaction to non-relativistic proton-antiproton annihilation are (I mean that the proton and antiproton are non-relativistic. The products might ...
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$ZZ^{(*)}$ decaying to leptons mass spectrum

I was looking the mass spectrum of the $ZZ^{(*)}$: and I was wondering why the shape is the way it is. The peak around 90 GeV is the single Z resonant, what is reason behind the slight peak in the ...
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What are hadronic uncertainties?

I am reading articles about recent findings at CERN and the possibility of New Physics contributions, and they keep saying that the discrepancies may be due to hadronic uncertainties... What are they?...
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Bosonization on the lattice fermion - a rigorous mapping

An inquiry: usually the bosonization is done on the field theory side. The mapping between the fermion operator to the boson operator is done for the field theory operators. As far as we know for the ...
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Baryonic density in collision experiments

Does anyone know any way of estimating the net baryon density in collision experiments, e.g. in LHC, RHIC, or the upcoming ones at GSI-FAIR? I have comes across many hand-waving arguments, sample - ...