Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Atom structure

  1. Oct 17, 2012 #1
    Just one quick question I couldn't find an answer on the internet to, after a long search.
    We are taught that atoms are made from protons, neutrons and electrons only. There are many other leptons and hadrons existing, but where are they in this story?
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2

    tiny-tim

    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3
    Okay, so in a usual atom, only protons, electrons and neutrons exist. But how are those exotics produced?
     
  5. Oct 17, 2012 #4

    jtbell

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    You smack "normal" particles together with high energies at places like CERN and Fermilab. Some of the energy creates the masses of the "new" particles.
     
  6. Oct 17, 2012 #5
    Okay, thanks.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook




Similar Discussions: Atom structure
  1. Atomic structure (Replies: 1)

  2. Atomic Structure (Replies: 5)

Loading...