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Homework Help: Production and decay of Kaons

  1. Apr 23, 2014 #1
    Write down a reaction by which a K+ can be produced in a proton-proton collision and give the quark content of each particle involved.

    Conservation of energy, charge, baryon number, lepton number, strangeness and isospin

    How do I go about doing this? it has already given the p + p -> K+ reaction, im guessing I have to determine the other products that will allow conservation of the laws above? Do I just pick random particles, put them into the RHS of the equation and see if they obey conservations?

    Thanks for any help on this.
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  3. Apr 23, 2014 #2


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    I would pick non-random particles according to the laws that would be violated by p + p -> K+ in order to fix them. There are many possible solutions, all will work, but there is a single easiest one.
  4. Apr 24, 2014 #3
    excellent, thanks for the pointer!
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