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Re: Could particles be interacting fields like photons

Date: Tue Mar 16 17:26:22 2004
Posted By: Michael Wohlgenannt, Grad student, Department of Theoretical Physics , University of Munich, Germany
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1078686994.Ph

Hi Rainier,

the theory which describes elementary particles and their interactions is called quantum field theory. There, all particles are described on the same footing, namely as (quantized) fields. Usually one distinguishes between matter fields and interaction fields. Particles like electrons, quarks or protons and neutrons are matter fields, since they are the basic building blocks of matter. These particles interact with each other via exchange of interaction particles, such as photons or gluons. For a reference see this introduction, for example. Hope you enjoy,

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