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Not a MyNAP member yet? Register for a free account to start saving and receiving special member only perks. In the literal sense, nothing is simpler than an elementary particle: By definition, a particle is considered to be elementary only if there is no evidence that it is made up of smaller constituents. Yet, identifying the elementary particles, understanding their properties, and studying their interactions are turning out to be the key to illuminating why that most unelementary entity—the entire universe—is the way it is, how it came to be this way, and what its ultimate fate will be.
Philosophers through history have speculated on what matter is composed of. About a hundred years ago, atoms were considered elementary, until physicists learned that atoms consisted of electrons orbiting a nucleus. We now know that quarks make up the protons and neutrons inside the nucleus. These particles are infinitesimal. Their scale is less than 10 —18 cm—smaller relative to a grain of sand than a grain of sand is to the entire planet. Performing experiments to investigate the physics of elementary particles requires extremely sophisticated instruments and theoretical tools.
This chapter relives the ancient quest to find the fundamental constituents of matter, shows how this quest is shaped by relativity and quantum mechanics, introduces the forces interactions among particles, shows what we know about how orderly the universe is, and describes the technique of particle collisions that has revealed so much about its inner structure and beauty.
For centuries, philosophers have asked, "Are there a small set of fundamental constituents out of which everything is made? Or might it be that we will always find structure within structure, layers within layers like an onion? The following material briefly sketches how this thinking has progressed to the present time. Thales' student Anaximander added earth, fire, and air to water to the list of fundamental building blocks.
The important notion that rational principles could explain what was observed was contained in this philosophy. What are earth, air, fire, and water made of? Addressing this question led, by the nineteenth century, to recognition of the familiar chemical elements. The definition adopted then for an "element" was a substance that cannot be decomposed further into simpler substances by ordinary chemical means.
Thus, the world consisted of a number of distinct substances at the time, only about 30 elements were identified; today, there are more than It was discovered that elements combine with other elements according to very simple rules: Two hydrogens plus one oxygen make one water "molecule.
At the beginning of the nineteenth century, John Dalton proposed an atomic theory of matter: The elements themselves are collections of tiny indestructible atoms characterized by their atomic weights oxygen atoms weigh 16 times as much as hydrogen atoms. This can be considered the first theory of "elementary particles" having a sound scientific basis.
Dmitri Mendeleev arranged a table of the elements in order of increasing atomic weight and thereby made one of the most important discoveries in the history of science: The properties of the elements are "periodic" functions of their atomic weights.
For example, in Mendeleev's "periodic table," the metals copper, silver, and gold, which have vastly different atomic weights, all appear in the same column. There were also gaps in this table: Elements not yet discovered that should exist if this atomic theory were correct. Confirmation of Mendeleev's "predictions" then made this scheme the basis of chemical thinking in the late nineteenth century; by the early twentieth century, further experiments established atoms as real physical entities.
Although atoms were thought to be elementary, they too are composite objects. The atom, as first revealed in experiments by Rutherford, is an electrically neutral object, approximately 10 billionths of a centimeter in diameter. This means that there are about 2 million atoms stretching across the diameter of the period at the end of this sentence. Each atom has a tiny positively charged nucleus, about 10, times smaller yet.
Negatively charged electrons occupy the space surrounding the nucleus. The mass of the electron is about 2, times lighter than the mass of the hydrogen nucleus: the proton. Electrons were the first of the modern elementary particles to be discovered.
The mass of most nuclei is about twice the mass of the protons they contain. The additional mass is provided by another particle, the neutron, which has a mass very close to that of the proton but is electrically neutral.
It is natural to ask what protons, neutrons, and electrons are made of. With today's particle accelerators, one can "look inside" these objects for an internal structure. The proton and neutron are found to be made up of "quarks. Similarly, the neutron is made up of one u quark and two d quarks. There are many other particles that can be built out of the quarks combined in particular ways; these are called hadrons.
Physicists have also tried to see if there is anything smaller inside the electron. Experiments have the sensitivity to detect objects even 10, times smaller than the proton itself, but nothing has been found. As far as physicists today know, quarks are also fundamental and are not made of yet smaller constituents.
The question is still open experimentally, but theory and experiment are pointing more than ever before to the possibility that we have discovered the "ultimate constituents. There is a fundamental particle, called an electron neutrino, that does not combine with other particles in the way that quarks combine to make hadrons, hadrons combine to make nuclei, and electrons and nuclei combine to make atoms.
This is a massless or almost massless particle that carries no charge and is, as shown later, a "partner" to the electron, as its name implies. These are the first members of a class of particles different from quarks, which are called leptons: the electron and its associated neutrino. The masses of these particles in units of 10 9 electron volts GeV are shown in the first part of Table 2.
A major surprise has been production in the laboratory of extra particle generations. A remarkable feature of nature that has been discovered is that this pattern of particles—two quarks and two leptons of the indicated charges—is repeated and then repeated again. Except for the neutrinos, which perhaps remain massless, the particles of each subsequent generation become heavier, as Table 2. These additional generations appear to have nothing to do with "ordinary tangible matter.
The masses of the quarks and leptons range from zero, or near zero, for neutrinos to almost times the proton mass for a t quark. Understanding why quarks and leptons exhibit this not quite random progression of masses is an important topic of research in elementary-particle physics. Good experimental evidence exists that there are only three generations. Why this should be so constitutes a major mystery in the field.
The two major scientific revolutions of the twentieth century—relativity and quantum mechanics—still provide the basic framework for describing elementary-particle physics. Quantum mechanics tells us that particles have wave-like properties. These are not observed for large objects such as billiard or baseballs, but for particles with small masses the wave nature becomes evident.
In quantum mechanics, the wavelength of a particle is inversely proportional to its momentum. This means that as the momentum and therefore the kinetic energy of a particle increases, its wavelength decreases. This is the reason high particle energies are required to probe small distances and is the prime motivation for use of the high-energy particle beams produced at particle accelerators. Chapter 7 discusses just how these technological marvels work; for now, Table 2. With high-energy accelerators, particle physicists can effectively "trade" energy for mass, allowing them to directly produce particles that weigh many times more than the particles being accelerated.
Thus, if two protons each having an energy of 1, GeV can be brought together, it would in principle be possible to produce in such collisions two new particles at rest each weighing 1, GeV, or about 1, times as much as the initial protons.
This is the means by which very heavy members of subsequent particle generations were discovered. It is analogous to the collision of two tennis balls to produce a bowling ball. The analogy would be even more accurate if this were the only way to produce and observe a bowling ball!
More implications of relativity and quantum mechanics, important for particle physics, can be indicated with a discussion of one of the particles under intense study: the B meson. First, the B meson consists of a b quark and an anti-d quark. Antimatter was deduced in the s by attempts to understand how the motion of electrons was defined by quantum mechanics and relativity together.
In the equation for the electron developed by P. Dirac, there appeared an extra solution having opposite charge to the electron; this turned out to correspond to the positron, the antiparticle of the electron.
This prediction was a brilliant deduction whereby an entire and formerly hidden sector of the world was uncovered using only mathematics and reason! However, mathematics includes many possibilities that are never realized in nature, and this "antiworld" had to be verified by experiment. Physicists now know that every type of particle has a corresponding antiparticle, a symmetry that effectively doubles the number of types of particles in nature except for the kinds of particle that are their own antiparticle.
Antimatter played a major role in the evolution of the early universe, but as shown in the previous chapter, a key question in particle physics is why the universe today appears to be made of matter only.
Second, the B meson is unstable, having a mean life of approximately a trillionth of a second. In fact, most types of particles are unstable: Even in a total vacuum, they spontaneously disintegrate or decay into lighter particles.
How does the B meson decay? The mechanism involves the possibility of a B meson directly turning into an important particle that has almost 20 times its energy—the W particle—and the W then rapidly decaying into lighter particles. The important role of the W is discussed below. It is the Heisenberg uncertainty principle of quantum mechanics that permits these momentary extreme violations of the conservation of energy.
Such processes are called "virtual," since they cannot be directly detected. However, through virtual processes, effects that would otherwise be expected to be seen only at very high energies can be detected albeit infrequently at much lower energies. Third, we cannot know exactly when a B particle will decay. Quantum mechanics provides a precise expression for the probability of a decay at a particular time; this probability is all we can know.
It is still not known why the world obeys quantum mechanics, but that it does is both beautiful and incontrovertible. Finally, a particle's decay time will depend on its speed. The inner workings of the B particle, as Einstein taught, slow down significantly the faster it travels.
This effect "time dilation" makes it possible for particle physicists to directly study short-lived new particles by extending their lifetimes in the laboratory frame so that they travel further in a detector. An example of this is shown in the cover illustration to this volume. In addition to identifying elementary particles, physicists try to understand the means by which they interact. At the small scales encountered in high-. It appears that only four forces are needed to describe the behavior of all matter in the universe.
Their characteristics are described below. The force of gravity is the most familiar one in our everyday experience. A chain of observations and reasoning by Galileo, Brahe, Kepler, and Newton led to the universal law of gravitation.
The Standard Model explains how the basic building blocks of matter interact, governed by four fundamental forces. The theories and discoveries of thousands of physicists since the s have resulted in a remarkable insight into the fundamental structure of matter: everything in the universe is found to be made from a few basic building blocks called fundamental particles, governed by four fundamental forces. Our best understanding of how these particles and three of the forces are related to each other is encapsulated in the Standard Model of particle physics. Developed in the early s, it has successfully explained almost all experimental results and precisely predicted a wide variety of phenomena. Over time and through many experiments, the Standard Model has become established as a well-tested physics theory. All matter around us is made of elementary particles, the building blocks of matter.
The Standard Model of particle physics is the theory describing three of the four known fundamental forces the electromagnetic , weak , and strong interactions, and not including the gravitational force in the universe , as well as classifying all known elementary particles. It was developed in stages throughout the latter half of the 20th century, through the work of many scientists around the world,  with the current formulation being finalized in the mids upon experimental confirmation of the existence of quarks. Since then, confirmation of the top quark , the tau neutrino , and the Higgs boson have added further credence to the Standard Model. In addition, the Standard Model has predicted various properties of weak neutral currents and the W and Z bosons with great accuracy. Although the Standard Model is believed to be theoretically self-consistent  and has demonstrated huge successes in providing experimental predictions , it leaves some phenomena unexplained and falls short of being a complete theory of fundamental interactions. It does not fully explain baryon asymmetry , incorporate the full theory of gravitation  as described by general relativity , or account for the accelerating expansion of the Universe as possibly described by dark energy.
Elementary particle physics is the study of fundamental particles and their interactions in nature. Those who study elementary particle physics—the particle physicists—differ from other physicists in the scale of the systems that they study. A particle physicist is not content to study the microscopic world of cells, molecules, atoms, or even atomic nuclei.
In physics , the fundamental interactions , also known as fundamental forces , are the interactions that do not appear to be reducible to more basic interactions. There are four fundamental interactions known to exist: the gravitational and electromagnetic interactions, which produce significant long-range forces whose effects can be seen directly in everyday life, and the strong and weak interactions , which produce forces at minuscule, subatomic distances and govern nuclear interactions. Some scientists hypothesize that a fifth force might exist, but these hypotheses remain speculative. Each of the known fundamental interactions can be described mathematically as a field.
Due to the COVID crisis, the information below is subject to change, in particular that concerning the teaching mode presential, distance or in a comodal or hybrid format. Teacher s. Introduction to the major experiments that led not only to the construction of the Standard Model but also to its validation and discussion of the difficulties encountered in their achievements. At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to : 1 a. Specific learning outcomes of the teaching unit At the end of this teaching unit, the student will be able to: 1.
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This book aims to provide the basis of theoretical foundation and phenomenological knowledge of the structure of matter at the subatomic level. It starts by presenting the general concepts at the simplest level and does not require previous knowledge of the field, except for the basic quantum mechanics. The readers are gradually introduced to the increasingly more advanced topics, so that this text can accompany students all the way to their graduate and doctoral studies in experimental high-energy physics. Skip to main content Skip to table of contents. Advertisement Hide.
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