The Field Guide to Particle Physics

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The Field Guide to Particle Physics
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On Strangeness

As promised, season two of a Field Guide to Particle Physics is just around the corner. This time we’ll focus on a family of particles that all have one thing in come: they are strange.

You see, in particle physics, strangeness is a technical term. It arose in the 1950’s to explain a class of newly discovered particles that took far too long to decay to be normal. Perhaps for the lack of a better name, physicists called them strange.

In this season we’ll explore the strange mesons and baryons - heavy versions of the pions and protons you’ve come to know - and learn how strange particle physics is both counts a new kind of quark and introduces all kinds of other trouble.

Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks to learn about this collection of strange particles and the strange, physical ideas they present us.

Ideas like:
  •  Neutral particle oscillations and regeneration
  •  Hyper nuclei
  •  Parity violation
  •  And the matter inside neutron stars

We’re so excited to share these stories you.

What is The Field Guide to Particle Physics?

This is your informal guide to the subatomic ecosystem we’re all immersed in. In this series, we explore the taxa of particle species and how they interact with one another. Our aim is give us all a better foundation for understanding our place in the universe.

The guide starts with a host of different particle species. We’ll talk about their masses, charges and interactions with other particles. We’ll talk about how they are created, how they decay, and what other particles they might be made of.