Theoretical particle physics

Definition

Theoretical particle physics is the development of models for describing fundamental particles and their interactions. This includes testing and refining the prevailing theory: the standard model. Theoretical particle physics can also include developing the computation tools required to analyse vast quantities of data produced from particle-collider experiments.

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    There is no single approach to the quantization of gravity. Rather, multiple models are based on various assumptions, and experimental tests of Planck-scale physics present a particular challenge.

    • David Mattingly
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    Dark matter remains experimentally elusive. But what if it is more classical than expected, resembling a spatially varying field? A network of atomic clocks would be able to detect its variations.

    • Rana Adhikari
    • , Paul Hamiton
    •  & Holger Müller
    Nature Physics 10, 906–907
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    The Higgs mechanism is normally associated with high energy physics, but its roots lie in superconductivity. And now there is evidence for a Higgs mode in disordered superconductors near the superconductor–insulator transition.

    • Philip W. Anderson
  • Research Highlights |

    The 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics has been awarded to Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura "for the invention of efficient blue light-emitting diodes which has enabled bright and energy-saving white light sources."

    • Joerg Heber
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    Photons emitted by extragalactic sources provide an opportunity to test quantum gravity effects that modify the speed of light in vacuum. Studying the arrival times of these cosmic messengers further constrains the energy scales involved.

    • Agnieszka Jacholkowska
    Nature Physics 11, 302–303