|QuarkNet Students on a tour at FermiLab|
Our understanding of particle physics has changed greatly over the past several decades. We have gone beyond the Atomic Model to the Standard Model, our current best theory.We now understand the protons and neutrons that make up atomic nuclei are not themselves fundamental, but are instead made up of quarks and gluons, with force messenger particles and leptons thrown in for good measure.
The Standard Model describes all of what we have observed with impressive accuracy. Yet, there is good reason to believe that the Standard Model may not be the end of the story. There are other theories and models being developed that could bring an even deeper level of understanding. All kinds of new experiments are needed to test the various ideas that have been proposed.
The KU high energy particle physics group believes that Physics is fun and exciting for people of any age. We have a wide variety of outreach programs that help educate learners regardless of age.