b’, t’… what the hell! January 9, 2007Posted by dorigo in games, humor, language, personal, physics, science.
By answering a question by Sabine (http://backreaction.blogspot.com/) in the comments section of a recent post (https://dorigo.wordpress.com/2007/01/07/a-new-precise-top-mass-measurement-with-jets/) I suggested a much bettter pair of names to the hypothesized fourth generation of quarks than those sometimes given in recent searches. So let me percolate that remark up here, in the hope somebody really influential appreciates my idea and marries it.
Indeed, just priming the third generation (t’, b’) is so dumb! Save the primes for mathematicians, and keep creativity strong, as is our tradition as physicists.
So I hereby propose the following naming convention for the fourth generation of quarks: in addition to the six already discovered quarks, named
- u (up)
- d (down)
- c (charm)
- s (strange)
- t (top)
- b (bottom)
if a fourth generation is found, let the names of the seventh and eight quarks be
- w (weird)
- n (nerd)
Despite the n being already used for the neutron (there is no real conflict between a weird quark w and the uppercase vector boson W), there is no real confusion possible, since neutrons are composite objects and their phenomenology, their habitat, their mass, their lifetime, their charge… most everything is different except their spin.
So here is the proposed new scheme: