Oct 21, 2008

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Physics Tattoo Tuesday : Feynman diagram tattoo


After I showed you the tattoos of bubble chamber tracks; you probably knew that Feynman Diagram tattoos were coming, right!

The Feynman diagrams are some of the most intuitive and fascinating constructs in physics. The above diagram shows electromagnetic force being mediated by a photon.

The tat belongs to Vince Sanchez and looks like he got it just a few months ago.

Stay tuned for another interesting Feynman Diagram tattoo coming up in about 4 weeks.

Talk Like a Physicist

  1. Shouldn’t the e+’s be going backwards in time, as they are anti-particles? :)

  2. I’ve never wanted a body modification of any sort, but if I had to choose … this is pretty badass.

  3. Siegfried Sheldrake is right, surely the antiparticles should have the arrows reversed

  4. Ha ive just googled this and am surprised to find this thread. This is my tattoo. Yeah I thought the e’s should be the other way round but i based it on the following diagram of a first order feynman diagram in its most simple form.


    Interesting fact is the wave has 8 peaks, and the arrow covers 5 of them representing the 8 notes in a scale and 5 sharps and flats in an octave in music.

    Done by Heath at Something Wicked in Lincoln UK.

    - Spencer

  5. Tattoos speak a language of your heart. They bring out your feelings and way of life. You may use your tattoo designs as a style of expression. Many individuals use tattoos to communicate various things, always their personality. Some also use them to express love and emotions.

  6. @michael celtic tattoos

    Cool story, bro.

  7. particle/anti-particle annihilation into photon, then pair production is the right. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong way.

  8. Niek de Kleijn says:

    @Matt and @Siegfried Sheldrake

    Putting arrows backwards in time is actually a notation to show that these are antiparticles since particles and antiparticles are made explicit here (by using + and -).no arrows are required at all besides the actual time arrow (under the sharps :D ). If arrows are used this is the right way. An arrow backwards in time labeled e+ is actually an electron so that would not be right.


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