Introduction to High Energy Physics:
High-energy physics, also known as particle physics, is a branch of science dedicated to the study of the most fundamental building blocks of the universe and their interactions at extremely high energy scales. Researchers in this field investigate the behavior of particles such as quarks, leptons, and bosons, often using powerful particle accelerators to recreate conditions similar to those shortly after the Big Bang. High-energy physics seeks to answer some of the most profound questions about the nature of matter, energy, and the forces that govern the cosmos.
Standard Model of Particle Physics:
Explore the Standard Model, the current theoretical framework that describes the fundamental particles and their interactions through the electromagnetic, weak, and strong forces.
Beyond the Standard Model:
Investigate theoretical extensions and modifications of the Standard Model, such as supersymmetry, extra dimensions, and grand unified theories, which seek to address unanswered questions in particle physics.
Examine the role of high-energy particle accelerators like the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) in probing the properties of particles and exploring new physics phenomena.
Focus on the elusive neutrino particles and their role in particle physics, astrophysics, and cosmology, including the study of neutrino oscillations and neutrino mass.
Cosmic Rays and High-Energy Astrophysics:
Explore the connection between high-energy physics and astrophysics, studying cosmic rays, gamma-ray bursts, and other high-energy phenomena to understand the universe's most energetic processes.