Posted: Oct 06, 2011 7:57 pm
by twistor59
zaybu wrote:
twistor59 wrote:

What is a particle ?


At higher energies, the so-called "waves" behave more and more like wave packets, which are closer to particles than waves. That's why the Standard Model is about particles. You get tables listing the particles and their properties - mass, spin, charge, parity, etc. One of the striking differences between QM and QFT textbooks is the absence of the wave model in the latter.


Yes indeed, there are tables listing the mass, spin etc of particles. Won't find any listing the properties of "virtual particles" though, since they're just bookmarkers for an approximation scheme. :naughty2: