What are the True Building Blocks of Matter

  • A. O. Barut


“Can high-energy physics be too easy?” asked a recent editorial in “Nature.”1) At present, the picture mostly used in high-energy phenomenology is becoming admittedly very complicated. Besides leptons (which we see), one introduces families of “quarks,” each with different colours, then the so-called “gluons,” which are the gauge vector mesons binding the quarks, then there are the so-called “Higgs particles,” which give masses to some of the vector mesons (all of which are not seen in the laboratory). One is already beginning to talk about a second generation of more fundamental and simpler objects for these quarks and gluons etc., even though these first generations of “basic” objects have not been seen. This type of framework seems to create more problems than it solves.2)


Pair Production Vector Meson Lepton Number Anomalous Magnetic Moment Lepton Pair 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • A. O. Barut
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  1. 1.International Centre for Theoretical PhysicsTriesteItaly

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