The goal of particle physics is to categorize and mathematically describe the properties and interactions of particles. It turns out that there exist more particles than one might assume, and the story gets more complicated the further back you look in the universe’s history. Shortly after the universe began, what physicists call the Big Bang,…

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  The Standard Model of Particle Physics (SM) has been tremendously successful in describing how the known particles interact with one another, whether it be how charged particles interact or how the fundamental particles obtain mass. Despite its successes, there are still a number of phenomena that have yet to be explained within the SM,…

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Particle physicists at CERN are trying to unlock the secrets of the universe by testing our current theory about how it works and looking for holes. These holes are suspected to come in the form of yet undiscovered particles that our current theory can’t describe. The Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in Geneva, Switzerland speeds up…

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