Fermions

Fermions are particles that satisfy the Pauli exclusion principle and obey the Fermi-Dirac statistics of statistical mechanics. When a collection of identical fermions are described in terms of single particle wave functions no two fermions can have the same wave function.

Leptons (such as the electron and neutrinos) and quarks are fermions.

See also: Electron, Lepton, Neutrino, Quark.

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Subjects: Nuclear and Particle Physics