• Florian Köhler-LangesEmail author
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Today, the most fundamental models to describe the physical structure and dynamics of nature are based on quantum field theories. The collection of three quantum field theories: (1) quantum electrodynamics (QED), describing the electromagnetic interaction, (2) quantum flavordynamics (QFD), describing the weak interaction and (3) quantum chromodynamics (QCD), describing the strong interaction, are called the Standard Model (SM) of particle physics. The elementary assumption of local gauge invariance of these quantum field theories stimulated the development of the so-called Higgs mechanism in the 1960s, which explains the generation of all particle masses via spontaneous symmetry breaking [1, 2, 3].


Quantum Flavordynamics (QFD) Local Gauge Invariance Elementary Assumptions Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) Quantum Electrodynamics (QED) 
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  1. 1.Department of Stored and Cooled IonsMax-Planck-Institut für KernphysikHeidelbergGermany

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