antiquark

Antiparticles of quarks are called antiquarks, and are denoted by a bar over the symbol for the corresponding quark, such as u for an up antiquark. As with antimatter in general, antiquarks have the same mass, mean lifetime, and spin as their respective quarks, but the electric charge and other charges have the opposite sign

my hand may or may not have slipped a little. Because now I and @sweetcrescent can’t talk about particles without thinking about Quark.

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On tonight’s episode of #Ponderlust, we go full quantum. That’s right, we’ll be talking about one of the most gargantuan structures humans have ever assembled – the Large Hadron Collider. 

In excitement for this, indulge in this science-gasmic Symphony of Science production all about the quantum world which underpin all of nature: particle physics! 

Wait, what?

The known universe is made up of 12 particles of matter (fermions - quarks, leptons, antiquarks, & antileptons - or matter/antimatter particles; bosons - gauge bosons & Higgs boson - or “force particles” that influence interactions between fermions) and 4 forces of nature (strong, weak, gravity, electromagnetism). The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) is essentially a research lab investigating where, why, when, and how those 12 particles and 4 forces came to be, and what that knowledge communicates to us about the life and death of the universe. 

Confusing? Fear not. Even the legendary physicist Richard Feynman stated 

I think I can safely say that nobody understands quantum mechanics.” 

Join us tonight at 8:30PM EST as we embark down the rabbit hole of particle acceleration and into a discussion of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN.

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