Quark Generation: Are Most Quarks in the Universe in Their Least Massive Form?

In summary, the conversation discusses the concept of decay and whether all quarks in the universe are in their smallest form. The speaker initially struggles to understand this concept but eventually finds the answer through research. It is revealed that most quarks in the universe are already in their smallest form, but there are rare instances where high energy collisions can create more massive quarks, which quickly decay back into a lower massed particle. The conversation also touches on how this relates to the eventual decay of everything in the universe.
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formed? I assume this has a very simple answer, I just can't seem to figure it out.
 
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Don't you think the average time until decay is relevant? How long does it take a quark to decay? How long does it take a proton to decay?
 
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So eventually everything in the universe will have decayed into the smallest possible form, assuming the universe is still around by then?
Or am I totally missing your point?
 
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Ah, I seem to have found the answer to my poorly worded question.
Most of the quarks in the universe are already in their least massive generation, and these are the ones that occur most often in nature.
So I suppose the answer to my question is yes, all of the quarks are in their smallest form, and that's the way they remain, save some rare high energy collisions creating more massive quarks, which decay quickly back into a lower massed particle.
 

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