Particle physics articles from across Nature Portfolio

Particle physics is the study of the elementary building blocks of matter and radiation and their interaction. The fundamental particles are summarised by the standard model. This includes leptons (such as the electron), the quarks that make up protons and neutrons, and gauge bosons, which mediate forces between the other particles.

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    Ten years after the discovery of the Higgs boson, the ATLAS Collaboration probes its underlying mechanism, the electroweak symmetry breaking, by measuring the scattering of Z bosons, one of the mediators of the weak interactions.

    • Pietro Govoni
    •  & Andrea Massironi
    Nature Physics 19, 157-158
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    By recovering energy from a relativistically accelerated electron beam in a multiturn configuration, a reduction of radiofrequency power has been demonstrated. This is a milestone toward more efficient and better performing accelerators.

    • Peter Williams
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    In proton–proton collisions, the CMS Collaboration measures the simultaneous production of three particles, each consisting of a charm quark and a charm antiquark, which yields insights into how the proton’s constituents interact.

    • Jonathan Gaunt
    Nature Physics 19, 305-306
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    An anomalous measurement from a nuclear reactor triggered a three-year campaign to find an elusive particle called the sterile neutrino. The search shows definitively that sterile neutrinos don’t exist — but the anomaly persists.

    • Jun Cao
    Nature 613, 248-249