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A model of the basic particles and forces featuring six quarks, three charged leptons, three massless neutral leptons and four fundamental force carrying bosons. The twelve fermions are arranged into three generations, while the bosons serve to explain the electromagnetic interaction plus the strong and weak nuclear forces (and the Higgs mechanism). Do NOT use this tag for the standard model of cosmology, etc..

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Shape of electron [duplicate]

Today, in the BBC Science section, a headline reads that the Imperial College of London has determined that the shape of the electron is completely spherical. In a physics book I'm reading now, the ...
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How are composite hadron fields related to elementary quark fields?

(This question is related to: A pedagogical exposition of the hadron physics?) I'm a mathematician who has been trying to learn quantum field theory for a while. I've gone through large parts of ...
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What was the prediction of the standard electroweak theory about the $W$ and $Z$ boson masses?

The standard electroweak theory has two coupling constants $g$ and $g^\prime$. In this theory, the $W$ mass and $Z$ mass are given by $$M_W=\frac{1}{2}gv,~M_Z=\frac{1}{2}(g^2+g^{\prime 2})^{1/2}v$$ ...
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Why are the generations of leptons/quarks regarded as fundamental particles?

My understanding is that 'fundamental' pertains to there being a distinct quantum field corresponding to the particle. I ask the question above based on the fact that the heavier generations of ...
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What is the difference between a neutrino and an electron neutrino?

So, what is the difference between a neutrino and an electron neutrino? Like how does the term 'electron' made a difference? Also, what is the difference between an antineutrino and an electron ...
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How does Alain Connes NCG compare phenomenologically with superstring theory?

In Veltmans book on QFT, diagrammatica, the full SM Lagrangian is published. There are more than a hundred terms and it looks pretty uninspiring and not quite the kind of equation one would want to ...
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Is the Higgs boson an elementary particle? If so, why does it decay? [duplicate]

The Higgs boson is an excitation of the Higgs field and is very massive and short lived. It also interacts with the Higgs field and thus is able to experience mass. Why does it decay if it is ...
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Scalar particles are described by a real scalar field or by a complex one?

Well, in the title is already stated my main question. I know you can use a complex scalar field to describe two real scalar fields, by using just one that involves both of them. But, in the modern ...
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How to analyse the LHC signal for Higgs?

With increasing energy the collision decreases in the plot for signal in LHC. why is that? and at an energy 125GeV the no of events suddenly increases. How this proves that higgs has a mass of 125GeV?
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Can the EM field self-interact in the Standard Model?

Since the EM field is a linear combination of the electroweak $U(1)$ gauge field and one of the $SU(2)$ gauge fields, does this mean that it has self-interaction terms carried over from the ...
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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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Are Generations and Families of elementary fermions one and the same?

I've seen both terms being used in papers and it seems to me they essentially mean the same thing referring to three generations of leptons and quarks as families. Is this true or are there some ...
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Higgs Feynman Diagrams

We have been told to compute the amplitude of these diagrams: I am struggeling with some basic points (I've only computed QED diagrams such as Bhabha scattering). Do you use $\epsilon$ for the ...
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Left Handed / Right Handed Particles and the Weak Force

Good Afternoon, I am a 50-year-old guy who was never a scientist or physics student. Just a person who loves to read books on particle physics. I have a question on the Weak Force and particles. (...
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Why is neutron slightly heavier than the proton? [duplicate]

With latest knowledge of QCD, is there any explanation for why the neutron is slightly heavier than the proton? Can it be boiled down to a simple formula?
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Is this feynman diagram possible? $e^- + e^+ \to \nu_\mu + \bar{\nu}_\mu$

I am starting to learn about Feynman diagrams and I have been told that flavour has to be conserved at vertices in the case that the exchange particle was neutral. Since here the exchange particle is ...
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When is $Q= B/2 + I_3$ true in particle physics?

I have seen stated that for unflavoured quarks, the relation between baryon number, electric charge and third component of isospin can be written as $Q= B/2 + I_3$. However, I have also seen this ...
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Why is the relative angular momentum of quark+antiquark in a pion equal to zero?

In a set of lecture notes provided by my lecturer, it says that a pion consists of a quark ($q$) and an antiquark ($\bar{q_2}$) with relative $L=0$. The negative parity and the fact that $S=0$ makes ...
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Lecture notes by Rudolf Mössbauer

Rudolf Mössbauer was an excellent lecturer. He gave lectures on Neutrino Physics, Neutrino Oscillations, The Unification of the Electromagnetic and Weak Interactions and The Interaction of Photons and ...
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Why is the standard model renormalizable if we believe it is an effective theory? [duplicate]

We believe that the standard model is only an effective field theory of its true UV completion. However, effective theories have dimensionful couplings and are not renormalizable. The standard model ...
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Scattering matrix symmetries and standard model

I am not able to get around the following question (if it make sense): Suppose I can derive the scattering matrix S for any particle scattering process. Suppose that the standard model is actually ...
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Which direction does “the mirror” in the Wu experiment flip?

I have seen two different setups for the Wu experiment: One where the "imaginary" mirror flips the experiment along a plane parallel to the magnetic field and one where the mirror is aligned ...
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In the Standard Model of particle physics, why we ignore the gravitation force?

In the Standard Model of particle physics, we consider only three forces, my question is about the gravitation force why we ignore?
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The production of $b$ ($b$ bar) quarks

I have a question, please if there anyone helps me to understarnd how we distinguish the production pair of quarks $b$ ($b$ bar) it comes from a QCD background or comes from higgs decay?
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Why the photon doesn't acquire mass with the Higgs mechanism?

I did the computation that from $$(0,v)^{T}(\partial_\mu+igA_\mu^a\tau^a+i\frac{g'}{2}B_\mu)(\partial_\mu-igA_\mu^b\tau^b-i\frac{g'}{2}B_\mu)(0,v)$$ with $(0,v)$ being the expectation value of the ...
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Why does the pion live in a representation of isospin SU(2) and is the mediator of the strong force generated by color SU(3)?

Why does the pion live in a representation of isospin $\rm SU(2)$ and is the mediator of the strong force generated by color $\rm SU(3)$? I somehow find strange that this is the case. Given that $\rm ...
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High intensity laser and neutrino pair production

Given the very small rest mass of the neutrino, visible photons have plenty energy for neutrino pair creation. What would be the probability of $\gamma \to \nu + \bar\nu$? Would the neutrinos be ...
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Is this reaction even allowed? [closed]

$$p+p\rightarrow p+n+\pi^+$$ According to coservation laws, is this Allowed or Forbidden? If Allowed what type of interaction is this :- Strong, EM. or Weak? Why? From conservation of Charge &...
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Higgs decay at higher energies

If I look at the expected Higgs decay BR's vs. $m_H$ the WW and ZZ dominate over the tt decay mode in the over tt threshold region. From the mere couplings: $g_{ffH} = \sqrt2 m_f /v$ $g_{VVH} = 2 ...
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A question about isospin of pion and kaon

In Ch.18 of the textbook An Introduction to Quantum Field Theory by Peskin and Schroeder, on P.611 when discussing QCD renormalization of the weak interaction, two operators ${\cal O}^{1/2}$ and ${\...
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How accurate is the Standard Model at explaining everyday phenomena? How do we know the answer?

I've read many times that "the Standard Model can explain all everyday phenomena (except gravity)." But I haven't been able to find out what exactly is meant by this. If I were to simulate (...
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How do know that Goldstone Boson actually become the longitude degrees of freedom in W+,W- and Z boson?

In many Quantum Field Theory text books they says these about Spontaneous Breaking and Higgs mechanism like this In unitary gauge, the Goldstone Bosons are eaten by $W^\pm$ and Z and become their ...
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How do we know that gluons travel at the speed of light?

Since gluons are located within nucleons and immediately outside of them, how do experiments determine parameters like their speed? Is it possible we could be assuming they travel at the speed of ...
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Why does the upper component of a $SU(2)$ doublet has $T^3=1/2$ and lower component $T^3=-1/2$ and not the opposite?

For a $SU(2)$ doublet, why does the upper component have $T^3=1/2$ and lower component $T^3=-1/2$? I know that this can be answered in the Standard Model by using $Q=T^3+Y/2$. But that is because we ...
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Do gauge bosons really exist? [closed]

Do gauge bosons really exist or are they only a mathematical model? Have we ever detected them?
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Light neutrino number from the invisible decay width of $Z$ boson, and precluding heavy neutrinos as dark matter candidate

The $Z$ boson decays into pairs of quarks and leptons. While the decays to quarks pairs and charged lepton pairs can be observed, the decays to $\nu\bar\nu$ are cannot be. By subtracting the visible ...
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Symmetry breaking with Kinetic term dominating the Potential on a Lagrangian

Suppose a Lagrangian $L$ for a scalar field $\phi$, consists of a kinetic term and a Mexican-hat type potential. I am aware that if the vacuum has symmetry $H \subset G$ while the Lagrangian has ...
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Is the electroweak $SU(2)$ gauge symmetry an exact symmetry in Standard Model before spontaneous symmetry breaking?

In Standard model, components of a $SU(2)$ doublet (for example $u$ and $d$) have different masses. This means there is no $SU(2)$ symmetry, but I think it is okay because the $SU(2)$ symmetry is ...
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Pion decay constant: How to know which convention to follow?

As summarized by Wikipedia, different sources use different choices for the (pion) decay constant. This means that the numerical value can vary between $$ \sqrt 2\ f_\pi \quad\leftrightarrow\quad f_\...
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Why do we say there are four fundamental forces in the Standard Model (if gravity is included)? [duplicate]

In my physics textbook (and in popular science culture) it is stated that there are four fundamental forces: electromagnetism, strong, weak, and gravity. But Wikipedia tells me that there is a ...
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Is spinor the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, pseudo-vector, and pseudo-scalar?

Is spinor $\psi$ actually the sum of scalar, vector, bi-vector, ..., pseudo-scalar? Before talking about spinors, we have to differentiate two kinds of spacetime, demonstrated with the example of ...
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Is it a coincidence that quarks have exactly -1/3 or 2/3 the electron's charge? [duplicate]

I have read these questions: Why do quarks have a fractional charge? Is there an explanation for the 3:2:1 ratio between the electron, up and down quark electric charges? Hypercharge for $U(1)$ ...
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Coefficients of Color Potential in Quarks [duplicate]

I was wondering if there was a relation between the fractional coefficients $$2/3, 1/3$$ obtained when calculating color potential for quarks and the value of electric charge for the up and down quark....
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Displacement current quantum mechanical interpretation?

while there are quite many classical explanations of displacement current to make Maxwell's equations work, see e.g. here: Displacement current - how to think of it , it sounds just a little bit like ...
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Electroweak to Electro/Weak Bosons?

I apologise in advance, this is something I just can't seem to get my head around. So it's my understanding that before the electroweak force split, there were four bosons - $W1$, $W2$, $W3$ and $B$ - ...
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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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Why is boson spin number related to attraction and repulsion?

The accepted answer to this question says Since the electroweak interaction is mediated by spin 1 bosons, it is the case that "like (charge) repels like and opposites attract". Another answer ...
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Question about the spin of the antiparticle of $Δ^-$

Ι came across a statement in a physics book that the spin of the antiparticle of baryon $Δ^-$ is 1/2. I know that the spin for regular $Δ^-$ is 3/2, and - as far as I know - the spin of particles and ...
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Rho and Omega meson mixing

I am new to particle physics. So this might seem to be a trivial question. I read about $\omega$ and $\phi$ meson states being written in terms of octet and singlet state. In the same way, can $\...
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Is there a published list of particles that can be produced from the fundamental particles in the Standard Model?

I read an article that has made me curious to ask if there is a list of all the possible particles that can be generated by the fundamental particles in the Standard Model. Here is the article http:...