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Quarks and interactions

  1. Jan 17, 2006 #1
    example: 2 protons collide and a down-antidown quark pair is created, giving a pi-plus meson, a neutron and a proton. with all those quarks knocking around, are there specific rules saying which particles are formed from them? like, what stops there being a pi-zero meson and 2 protons? or any other combinations thereof??
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  3. Jan 17, 2006 #2

    Meir Achuz

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    I don't know your level, but this can get a bit technical. There is an internal symmetry called "isotopic spin" (In group theory language, it is
    SU(2)) that can be used to determine branching ratios like that.
    If you are interested, I could relate branching ratios for different final states. You could have [pi+pi-, pi0pi0, pi+pi+, pi+pi0] and two nucleons, each at a specific rate compared to the other 3 three.
  4. Jan 17, 2006 #3
    yeah that sounds a bit too technical for me! i'm only AS level
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