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God particle is 'found': Scientists at Cern expected to announce on Wednesday Higgs boson particle has been discovered...
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(1) Is it true that when a pair of particles is created from a Photon, that the Photon Energy (h x nu) is equal to...
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At the beginning of cpt 9, Griffiths states that massive bosons have three polarization states (m_s = 1, 0, -1), but...
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I need to find the statistical error in a counting experiment. Specifically, a decay can proceed via option A or...
Jan28-13 09:33 PM
Meir Achuz
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I'd just like to clarify something I read on Wikipedia: "The branching ratio of the common purely leptonic tau...
Jan24-13 10:15 AM
1 888 The Feynman diagram for Drell Yan has a...
Jan30-13 10:46 AM
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The parity operator has eigenvalues of +/- 1 and particles can have intrinsic parity of +/- 1. What does it matter?...
Feb10-13 08:06 AM
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I am confused about when and to what extent parity is violated in weak decays. On the one hand, there's Wu's famous...
Mar18-13 11:39 AM
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I am reading about group theory in particle physics and I'm slightly confused about the word "representation". ...
Mar17-13 01:34 PM
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A quark and antiquark have opposite parity. The quark is customarily taken to have positive parity. I understand this...
Apr3-13 11:35 AM
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The W couples to left-handed particles only. What about the Z? Is it the same? Thanks in advance!
Apr23-13 07:22 AM
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Both Rho^0 and Pi^0 are bosons so require an overall symmetric wavefn. However, they are in different spin states: the...
May9-13 03:19 PM
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I had a look at the production cross sections for W/Z at hadron colliders. These differ as a function of energy with...
Jul5-13 12:06 PM
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Why is it necessary to use Monte Carlo methods in high energy physics? There is Feynman calculus to evaluate matrix...
Jul7-13 03:43 PM
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I've heard of cosmic rays affecting measurements made at the LHC in the context of muons. Is it just muons that can...
Jul23-13 03:09 PM
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Why is there seemingly so little interest among particle physicists about discovering the graviton? Is it because it...
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We know that the Higgs-particle gives an explanation as to why there is mass in the universe. But mass has another...
Jul4-12 06:21 PM
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Some time agoo I read in a posting here that someone had pedicted a SM Higgs mass around 126 GeV because a heavier...
Jul5-12 08:40 AM
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I had always assumed that the simplest possible standard model Higgs particle had isospin 0, but when I tried to...
Jul9-12 06:33 AM
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I seem remember hearing that spin-1 was ruled out but since reading this paper I am unable to find any info on spin-1...
Feb22-13 08:19 AM
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At school I was taught that when any matter particle is accelerated until it almost reaches light speed, its mass...
Jul7-12 02:07 PM
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The LEP collider operated at a maximum of 209 GeV. Could it have been used to confirm the existence of the 125.3 GeV...
Jul9-12 02:18 PM
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The problem is showing (□+m^2)<0| T(∅(x)∅(y)) |0> = -δ^4 (x-y) I know that it is relavent to Green's function,...
Nov12-13 09:34 AM
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I'm trying to calculate the symmetry factor in this diagram. I'm calculating in a way expanding the interaction...
Dec7-12 07:20 AM
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Lagrangian I have is little bit massy so I don't write in here. Like in ψψ(dagger) , or ψ∅ -> ψ∅, How can I...
Dec14-12 02:48 AM
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Hi, I understand that anti-particles have the opposite charge to particles. Do anti-particles have the opposite...
Feb5-12 06:35 AM
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Has a very light (less than 1eV) Higgs mass been excluded by theory and/or experiment?
Sep26-11 09:51 AM
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Is this the correct form for a Dirac electron in a Higgs field with scalar potential \phi and an electromagnetic field...
Dec21-11 07:06 PM
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I understand that the the Higgs field has a vacuum expectation value of 246 GeV. I think that means that the...
Dec12-11 01:32 PM
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Would electromagnetic coupling between an electron with charge e and an electromagnetic field with scalar potential...
Dec13-11 12:32 PM
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If most of the mass/energy of a proton is due to the kinetic energy of its quarks and gluons, rather than interaction...
Dec20-11 02:38 PM
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The Dirac electron in the Higgs vacuum field v and an electromagnetic field with vector potential A_\mu is described...
Dec27-11 04:24 AM
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Hi, Despite decades of searching magnetic monopoles haven't been found. Could it be that they are existing as...
Apr2-12 08:53 AM
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Roger Penrose in Chapter 25 of his book The Road to Reality describes a "zigzag" model of the electron that consists...
Jul22-12 06:48 AM
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As I understand it in a normal superconductor electromagnetic fields are extinguished by opposing fields produced by...
Jul25-12 04:51 PM
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What is the current state of the hypothesis of mirror matter today? Are there any experimental data or theoretical...
Apr10-13 07:26 PM
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I expect you've heard about how the proton's weak charge has been measured directly: ...
Sep29-13 09:22 AM
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Sorry - a very vague question: Could a superconductor be used to detect dark matter? The dark matter might...
Nov5-13 08:16 AM
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Imagine that two electrons interact by exchanging a virtual photon. Electron A gains momentum ##-\vec{p}## and...
Nov5-13 07:43 AM
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Can the classical electromagnetic force between two arbitrarily moving electrons, described by the Lienard-Wiechert EM...
Dec1-13 03:38 PM
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Let us assume that we want to describe the full process of photon emission by electron A and absorption by electron B....
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