The Mystery of Neutrino Mass

The standard model of particle physics is, perhaps ironically, written in the language of quantum field theory. Particles manifest as a consequence of the oscillatory motion of the associated fields. All known fermions, particles with half-integral spin such as the electron and the quarks, are massive particles. Fermion mass is a direct consequence of theContinue reading “The Mystery of Neutrino Mass”

The Standard Model of Particle Physics: An Introduction

Developed in the early 1970s, the standard model is the reigning theory of particle physics, classifying all known elementary particles and describing 3 of the 4 fundamental forces of nature – namely the electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions – and how they interact. Fundamental Forces All forces observed in everyday life arise from one ofContinue reading “The Standard Model of Particle Physics: An Introduction”