Saturday, September 28, 2013

Tauon - The Supermassive Lepton!

We all like hearing about the biggest and the smallest, the heaviest and the lightest, as these categories represent the extremes of the universe...and they usually they are great for comparisons. Today, we're going to discuss the heaviest of all the leptons, the Tauon (also known as the Tau Lepton or Tau Particle). The Tau lepton has a mass of 1777 MeV/c^2, to put this lepton into perspective, it is several thousand times heavier than the smallest lepton - the electron - and is even heavier than a proton. But before we get into a thorough discussion of these particles, let's have a bit of background in how particles function, just for a bit of context.

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