Standard Model of Fundamental Interactions

  • Gerhard EckerEmail author
Part of the Undergraduate Lecture Notes in Physics book series (ULNP)


Particle physicists have often come out with very imaginative linguistic creations. Asymptotic freedom and infrared slavery are good examples but also leptons and hadrons for matter particles. Gell-Mann was inspired by Joyce’s novel “Finnegans Wake” for the naming of quarks and he is also credited for the name quantum chromodynamics. On the other hand, particle physicists have completely failed in finding a proper name for the theory of fundamental interactions that in principle describes all nongravitational physical phenomena from \(10^{-19}\) m (resolution of the LHC) to at least \(10^{11}\) m (distance earth-sun). The theory consisting of the electroweak gauge theory and the gauge theory of the strong interactions carries the fanciless name “Standard Model”. Nobody in his right mind would nowadays talk about the Maxwell model of electrodynamics or Einstein’s relativity model.


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  1. 1.Fakultät für PhysikUniversität WienViennaAustria

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