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The standard model
Physicists have developed a theory called The Standard Model
that explains what the world is and what holds it together.
It is a simple and comprehensive theory that explains
all the hundreds of particles and complex interactions with only:
- 6 quarks.
- 6 leptons. The best-known lepton is the electron. We will talk about leptons in just a few pages.
- Force carrier particles, like the photon. We will talk about these particles later.
All the known matter particles are composites of quarks and leptons, and they interact
by exchanging force carrier particles.
The Standard Model is a good theory. Experiments have
verified its predictions to incredible precision, and all the particles predicted by
have been found. But it does not explain everything. For
example, gravity is not included in the Standard Model.
This site will explore the Standard Model in greater detail and will describe the experimental
techniques that gave us the data to support this theory. We will also explore the
intriguing questions that lie outside our current understanding of how the universe works.