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Podcast Profile: The Field Guide to Particle Physics

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49 episodes
2021 to 2022
Median: 6 minutes
Collection: Physics, Math, and Astronomy


Description (podcaster-provided):

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.


Themes and summary (AI-generated based on podcaster-provided show and episode descriptions):

➤ Subatomic particles and their properties • Antimatter and antiparticles • Cosmic rays • Particle decay and interactions • Role of quarks and gluons • Strangeness in particle physics • Impact on the Moon and Earth

"The Field Guide to Particle Physics" offers an informal yet insightful exploration of the subatomic world, covering a wide array of particle species and their intricate interactions. Aimed at fostering a deeper understanding of our place in the universe, the podcast delves into the fundamental aspects of particle physics, including the masses, charges, and interactions of various particles. The episodes provide detailed examinations of how these particles are created, how they decay, and what they might be composed of.

Recurring thematic elements include the study of antimatter and its ubiquitous but often overlooked presence, as well as the exploration of exotic particles such as antineutrinos, antiprotons, and antineutrons. The podcast frequently addresses the concept of "strangeness" in particle physics, discussing strange baryons and mesons like the Sigma baryons and the neutral and charged kaons. Another common theme is the exploration of cosmic rays and their implications for physics and planetary science, particularly their influence on the moon and the Earth's ancient climate.

The series also touches upon more contemporary and practical topics, such as the potential of muon colliders and the ongoing debate about the necessity for new developments in particle physics. Throughout the episodes, various elementary particles like quarks, leptons (including the electron, muon, tau, and neutrino), and bosons (including the photon, gluon, and the Higgs boson) are introduced and explained in detail.

While the podcast primarily focuses on individual particles and their characteristics, it does not shy away from the broader implications of these fundamental discoveries for our understanding of the universe at large. From the detailed examination of particle decay processes to the exploration of the forces that bind quarks together, this podcast serves as a comprehensive guide to the fascinating world of particle physics.


Episodes:
Episode Image The Reason for Antiparticles
2022-Dec-07
13 minutes
Episode Image Bonus : The Perils of Science Communication
2022-Nov-04
15 minutes
Episode Image Bonus : The Physics of Muon Colliders
2022-Sep-27
9 minutes
Episode Image Bonus: We should build a muon collider.
2022-Sep-22
9 minutes
Episode Image Bonus : Do we really need new particle physics?
2022-Sep-20
18 minutes
Episode Image The Positron Excess
2022-Sep-05
13 minutes
Episode Image The Antineutrino
2022-Aug-16
11 minutes
Episode Image The Antineutron
2022-Jul-29
4 minutes
Episode Image The Antiproton
2022-Jul-27
6 minutes
Episode Image The Positron
2022-Jul-21
5 minutes
Antimatter! : Season 3 Trailer
2022-May-13
1 minute
The Impact of Particle Physics on the Moon
2022-Apr-21
16 minutes
Cosmic Rays : Part 4 : Paleoclimatology and Muons
2022-Apr-09
16 minutes
Cosmic Rays : Part 3 : Cosmogenic Muons and Special Relativity
2022-Apr-03
12 minutes
Cosmic Rays : Part 2 : Plasma Physics
2022-Mar-25
13 minutes
Cosmic Rays : Part 1 : Particles from Space
2022-Mar-18
10 minutes
Episode Image The Omega Baryon
2022-Mar-04
6 minutes
Episode Image The Cascades
2022-Feb-25
6 minutes
Episode Image The Neutral Sigma Baryon
2022-Feb-18
6 minutes
Episode Image The Charged Sigma Baryons
2022-Feb-11
9 minutes
Episode Image The Neutral Kaons
2022-Feb-04
6 minutes
Episode Image The Eta and Eta Prime Mesons
2022-Jan-28
5 minutes
Episode Image The Charged Kaons
2022-Jan-21
4 minutes
Episode Image The Strange Quark
2022-Jan-14
4 minutes
Episode Image The Lambda 0 Baryon
2022-Jan-12
3 minutes
Season 2 Trailer : Introducing Strangeness
2022-Jan-05
1 minute
The Alpha Particle : Part 5 : The Solar Wind
2021-Dec-21
10 minutes
The Alpha Particle : Part 4 : Inside the Earth
2021-Dec-12
10 minutes
The Alpha Particle : Part 3 : Binding Energy
2021-Dec-09
9 minutes
The Alpha Particle : Part 2 : The Helium Shortage
2021-Dec-06
12 minutes
Episode Image The Alpha Particle : Part 1 : Helium
2021-Dec-02
6 minutes
Episode Image The Higgs Boson
2021-Oct-08
4 minutes
Episode Image The Z Boson
2021-Oct-07
3 minutes
Episode Image W Boson
2021-Oct-06
3 minutes
Episode Image The Gluon
2021-Oct-05
6 minutes
Episode Image The Delta Baryons
2021-Oct-04
4 minutes
Episode Image The Neutral Pion
2021-Oct-03
3 minutes
Episode Image The Charged Pion
2021-Oct-02
4 minutes
Episode Image The Neutron
2021-Oct-01
3 minutes
Episode Image The Proton
2021-Sep-30
3 minutes
Episode Image The Up and Down Quarks
2021-Sep-29
4 minutes
Episode Image The Neutrino
2021-Sep-28
5 minutes
Episode Image The Tau
2021-Sep-27
3 minutes
Episode Image The Muon
2021-Sep-26
4 minutes
Episode Image The Electron
2021-Sep-25
2 minutes
Episode Image The Photon
2021-Sep-24
4 minutes
Episode Image The Electron Cloud
2021-Sep-23
5 minutes
Episode Image The Atomic Nucleus
2021-Sep-22
3 minutes
The Guide to the Field Guide to Particle Physics
2021-Sep-21
7 minutes