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Let’s have a coffee with the Standard Model of particle physics!

Authors
  • Woithe, Julia
  • Wiener, Gerfried J.
  • Van der Veken, Frederik F.
Publication Date
Mar 30, 2017
Source
INSPIRE-HEP
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Abstract

The Standard Model of particle physics is one of the most successful theories in physics and describes the fundamental interactions between elementary particles. It is encoded in a compact description, the so-called ‘Lagrangian’, which even fits on t-shirts and coffee mugs. This mathematical formulation, however, is complex and only rarely makes it into the physics classroom. Therefore, to support high school teachers in their challenging endeavour of introducing particle physics in the classroom, we provide a qualitative explanation of the terms of the Lagrangian and discuss their interpretation based on associated Feynman diagrams.

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