# Baryon Octet/Decuplets

Can anyone explain to me why you can't have uuu and ddd on the first (spinhalf.gif) diagrams I have uploaded please?

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The answers in that thread were completely beyond me. Can somebody explain in a single sentence for me? I'm only studying very elementary particle physics..

Haelfix
The short answer is the exclusion principle. But to see that you need to know a bit about groups and their representations. Specifically that the direct product of 3 fundamental '3's of SU(3) decomposes like 3 * 3 * 3 = 10 + 8 + 8 + 1. The decuplet (which contains uuu) is necessarily spin 3/2 and completely symmetric.

tom.stoer
The attempt to construct a spin 1/2 state |uuu> results in a violation of the Pauli exclusion principle.

As far as I remember from my QCD lectures (~ two decades ago!) the explanation in the other thread misses the spatial part of the wave function. One must take into account
|color> * |spin> * |isospin> * |space>
Ofcourse this doesn't make things easier ...

yes the most basic answer is to combine the two of haelfix and tom.stoer

The ground state L=0 is space-symmetric in the constituent quark model.

Meir Achuz