Theoretical particle physics

Theoretical particle physics is the development of models for describing fundamental particles and their interactions. This includes testing and refining the prevailing theory: the standard model. Theoretical particle physics can also include developing the computation tools required to analyse vast quantities of data produced from particle-collider experiments.

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  • Comments & Opinion |

    Past and present chairs of the Division of Particles and Fields of the American Physical Society explain how the high-energy physics community in the US decides the priorities for research through regular planning exercises that started 40 years ago at Snowmass, Colorado.

    • Joel Butler
    • , R. Sekhar Chivukula
    •  & Priscilla Cushman
  • Editorial |

    We celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson — a whopping 48 years after its prediction.

    Nature Physics 18, 721
  • Comments & Opinion |

    As we celebrate the ten-year anniversary of the discovery of the Higgs boson, CERN’s Director-General at that time reminisces about the years leading up to this milestone.

    • Rolf-Dieter Heuer
    Nature Physics 18, 722-724
  • News & Views |

    In 2021, the most precise measurement of the muon’s anomalous magnetic moment and a new high-precision lattice quantum chromodynamics calculation have in turn kindled, then dimmed, hopes for seeing signs of new physics. State-of-the-art calculations, made possible by a series of recent advances, will be key to understanding these conflicting results.

    • Christoph Lehner
  • News & Views |

    The ATLAS Collaboration has confirmed with top quark events that the coupling of charged leptons to the weak interaction is universal — showcasing the feasibility of performing high-precision electroweak measurements at proton–proton colliders.

    • Florencia Canelli
    •  & Benjamin Kilminster
    Nature Physics 17, 760-761