Tag Archives: particle physics

The particle zoo of 400 or so subatomic particles

Via Wikipedia: In particle physics, the term particle zoo[1][2] is used colloquially to describe a relatively extensive list of the then known “elementary particles” that almost look like hundreds of species in the zoo. In the history of particle physics, the situation was particularly confusing in the late 1960s. Before the discovery of quarks, hundreds […]

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How does the standard model of particle physics look like?

It looks like in the image from above. Without an extensive knowledge of math and physics you can’t possible hope to comprehend what it says. This is why science is hard: it takes you decades to master the exact sciences and only then you can get a good picture of what the scientists are saying […]

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How can you obtain particles directly from light?

Well, you can do that in certain circumstances. Physics is amazing and, if you learn about the gamma photons, light waves that have very intense energies, you can generate an electron and an positron. Watch in the video from above what calculations are necessary in order to obtain such particles directly from light. Now you […]

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Higgs Boson: how do we calculate its mass

It turns out that the Higgs Boson is really an allusive particle which is 125 times more massive than the protons. The actual calculations of the mass of the Higgs Bosson are quite complicated, but the principle is outlined in the video above, where Dr. Don Lincoln , from Fermilab, explains how it is that […]

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