Particle Physics Research
The standard model has been spectacularly successful, leading to the prediction and observation of the W and Z bosons and to precision tests confirming the theory's validity in higher order calculations. However, the there is a general consensus that it is not a fundamental theory of nature, because many key elements are left unexplained:
- the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking
- the generation and stabilization of the hierarchy, i.e., the large disparity between the electroweak and the Planck scale
- the connection of elementary particle forces with gravity
- the generation of fermion masses and mixings
- the source of the baryon asymmetry of the universe and the nature of its unseen dark matter and energy density.
UWM Adjunct Associate Professor Luis Anchordorqui is investigating a number of subjects that exploit this synergy, with the goal of searching for new phenomena beyond the highly successful but conceptually incomplete standard model of particle physics. Currently, Dr. Anchordoqui supervises several students who are completing their degree requirement.
Standard Model of Fundamental Particles and Interactions