antiquark

noun

an·​ti·​quark
ˈan-tē-ˌkwärk,
ˈan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antiquark (audio)
: the antiparticle of the quark

Examples of antiquark in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Separate a quark from its antiquark, and a string forms between them that pulls them back together. Kevin Hartnett, Quanta Magazine, 18 Apr. 2023 Specifically, a photon with sufficient energy can be converted into what's called a J/ψ meson, composed of a charm quark and charm antiquark through a process that's sensitive to the configuration of gluons in any nearby protons. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 3 Apr. 2023 The smaller bits making up protons, neutrons and SIMPs are called quarks, but in the SIMP’s case, they would be individually composed of a quark paired with a hypothetical antiquark, which primarily goes about its business in the dark sector beyond the standard model. Adam Hadhazy, Discover Magazine, 15 Nov. 2019 Quark-antiquark pairs are constantly popping in and out of existence, and gluons tend to split and multiply, especially when a proton gains speed. Clara Moskowitz, Scientific American, 14 Feb. 2023 To test the new hypothesis, the Brookhaven scientists plan to re-create their experiment with a different meson, called the J/psi meson, which is made of a quark-antiquark pair of a different favor. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2023 Unlike protons and neutrons, which are made of three quarks, mesons are made of one quark and one antiquark. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 2 Feb. 2023 With this energy, a gluon splits into a quark and an antiquark — each carrying just a tiny bit of momentum — before the pair annihilates and disappears. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2022 At the dawn of the universe, for every particle of matter, such as an electron, there was an anti-electron; for every quark (a fundamental constituent of matter), there was an antiquark, explains physicist Chang Kee Jung of Stony Brook University. Dolly Setton, Discover Magazine, 30 July 2014

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Word History

First Known Use

1964, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antiquark was in 1964

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“Antiquark.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antiquark. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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