, Volume 17, Issue 10, pp 956-973
Date: 24 Oct 2012

Standard model, Higgs Boson and what next?

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One hundred years of Fundamental Physics, starting with discoveries such as radioactivity and electron, have culminated in a theory which is called the Standard Model of High Energy Physics. This theory is now known to be the basis of almost all of known physics except gravity. We give an elementary account of this theory in the context of the recently announced discovery of the Higgs Boson. We conclude with brief remarks on possible future directions that this inward bound journey may take.

G Rajasekaran is a theoretical physicist at the Institute of Mathematical Sciences, Chennai and Chennai Mathematical Institute, Siruseri (near Chennai). His field of research is Quantum Field Theory and High Energy Physics.