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  1. up quark(noun)

    a stable quark with an electric charge of +2/3 and a mass 607 times that of an electron

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  1. up quark(Noun)

    A quark having a fractional electric charge of +2/3 and a mass of about 1.5 to 4 MeV. Symbol: u

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  1. Up quark

    The up quark or u quark is the lightest of all quarks, a type of elementary particle, and a major constituent of matter. It, along with the down quark, forms the neutrons and protons of atomic nuclei. It is part of the first generation of matter, has an electric charge of +²⁄3 e and a bare mass of 1.5–3.3 MeV/c². Like all quarks, the up quark is an elementary fermion with spin-¹⁄2, and experiences all four fundamental interactions: gravitation, electromagnetism, weak interactions, and strong interactions. The antiparticle of the up quark is the up antiquark, which differs from it only in that some of its properties have equal magnitude but opposite sign. Its existence was postulated in 1964 by Murray Gell-Mann and George Zweig to explain the Eightfold Way classification scheme of hadrons. The up quark was first observed by experiments at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center in 1968.


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