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Elementary particles, resonance

  1. Jul 4, 2012 #1
    Hello, as we know from acoustics every material or fluid has it's resonant frequency (depends on density, size and other factors) at which the material "vibrates" much more than at other frequencies.
    Does the same thing happen when we get higher up the frequency scale, like in Mhz or Ghz and by the way the main part of my question is do elementary particles have their frequency , like electrons and protons and so on? And if they have one do they have the resonant frequency at which they would act similar to the acoustic effect or am I getting something wrong here?

    Thanks for answers,
    Have a good day.
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  3. Jul 4, 2012 #2


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    Up to now, no such oscillations of elementary particles were found. They would require that the particles are composite or they would require extra dimensions or other stuff.

    You can get exited states of nuclei, some of them are basically oscillations. The frequencies are so high that they are usually given as energy (divide by plancks constant to get a frequency) and in the range of ~kilo- to megaelectronvolts.
    There are exited states of individual hadrons, too, but I would not call them "oscillation".
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