Archive for March, 2009

Smiley physics update!

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Isn’t that refreshing?
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March 4, 2009 at 5:58 pm Leave a comment

Emoticons: the new physics notation

u  c  t   γ
d  s  b   g
νe νμ ντ   Z
e  μ  τ   W

This is the Standard Model of fundamental particles. A fancier version:

We have six randomly-named quarks, three charge leptons and their neutrinos, and four random bosons. Why mu? Why tau? Essentially, these Greek letters are left over from the Particle Zoo. Most of the hundred-plus particles turned out to be made up of quarks, such as the pion and kaon. The muon and tau were fundamental.
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March 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm Leave a comment


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