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Lepton

A lepton (λεπτο) is also €0.01 in Greek. See: Greek euro coins.

A lepton (Greek for "light", as opposed to hadrons which are "heavy") is a subatomic particle that is not made of quarks.

There are 12 known types of lepton, 3 of which are matter particles (the electron, the muon and the tauon), 3 corresponding neutrinos, and their 6 respective antiparticles. All known charged leptons have a single negative or positive electric charge (depending on whether they are particles or antiparticles) and all of the neutrinos and antineutrinos have neutral electric charge.

Table of contents
1 A table of the leptons
2 See also
3 External links

A table of the leptons

Charged particle / antiparticle Neutrino / antineutrino
Name Symbol Electric charge Mass(GeV) Name Symbol Electric charge Mass(GeV)
Electron / Antielectron (positron) −1 / +1 0.000511 Electron neutrino / Electron antineutrino 0 ~0
Muon / Anti-muon −1 / +1 0.1056 Muon neutrino / Muon antineutrino 0 ~0
Tauon / Anti-tauon −1 / +1 1.777 Tau neutrino / Tau antineutrino 0 ~0

See also

External links

Particles in Physics - Elementary particles Edit
Fermions : Quarks | Leptons
Gauge Bosons : Photon | W+, W- and Z0 bosons | Gluons
Not yet observed
Higgs boson | Graviton
Supersymmetric Partners : Neutralinos | Charginos | Gravitino | Gluinos | Squarks | Sleptons