Physics Beyond the Standard Model

In much the same way that the composition of all life forms comes down to a simple string of genetic code, our universe, according to the Standard Model of particle physics is, at its core, comprised of 17 types of elementary particles. For decades, scientists around the world — including the members of UC Santa Barbara’s High Energy Physics group — have been involved in the search for, discovery and detailed study of these subatomic particles, which constitute all the matter and the energy with which we can interact.

The Standard Model was rendered complete in 2012 when physicists at the European Organization for Nuclear Research confirmed evidence of the Higgs boson, a fragile and unique particle that proves the existence of a mechanism that governs the generation of mass for some elementary particles. UCSB physics professor Joseph Incandela — at that time the leader of the Compact Muon Solenoid experiment, one of two multinational research collaborations pursuing the Higgs at the Large Hadron Collider — made the historic discovery announcement, bringing the world closer to understanding the fundamental composition of our universe....

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Joseph Incandela