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- Meson flavors
- Parity and charge conjugation
- Charmonium and bottomonium
- Glueballs, hybrids, and tetraquarks
- Meson production
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Strongly interacting particles are either baryons or mesons. Baryons, such as the proton and neutron, have half-integer spins and are fermions, whereas mesons are bosons with integer spin. The lightest meson is the pion, denoted π, which was originally predicted to exist as the carrier of the powerful force that grips the protons and neutrons within atomic nuclei. See also: Baryon; Quantum statistics; Spin (quantum mechanics); Strong nuclear interactions
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