standard model

Kinks in the standard model chain

The subatomic universe is an intricate mosaic of particles and forces. The Standard Model of particle physics is a time-tested instruction manual that precisely predicts how particles and forces behave. But it’s incomplete, ignoring phenomena…


To the dark side

Theoretical physicists have put forward a new hypothesis that aims to connect the world of visible physics to the hidden forces of our Universe: what if there’s a portal that bridges the gap between the…


Writing out the standard model

The Standard Model of particle physics is often visualized as a table, similar to the periodic table of elements, and used to describe particle properties, such as mass, charge and spin. The table is also…


Study your physics ABC

Accelerators and black holes and cryostats, oh my! We know particle physics can seem daunting at times, but everything’s more fun to learn when it rhymes. So we’re breaking it down, letter by letter, with…


Look at not an expert

David Kaplan explains how the search for hidden symmetries leads to discoveries like the Higgs boson. … (Quanta Magazine)


Why are neutrinos important?

This week the 2015 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Takaaki Kajita and Arthur B. McDonald for their discovery that elementary particles called neutrinos have mass. This is, remarkably, the fourth Nobel Prize…


Defying the elementatry particle rules

The Standard Model of particle physics, which explains most of the known behaviors and interactions of fundamental subatomic particles, has held up remarkably well over several decades. This far-reaching theory does have a few shortcomings,…