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Understanding Science: Particle Physics

20/03/2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT

Niels Henrik David Bohr 1885 – 1962. Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922.



Understanding Science
Particle Physics: The Search for the Smallest of Things


Only a century ago, while the concept of an irreducible object known as an atom was long known and there was growing evidence for its existence, most people had little idea that atom were composed of even smaller particles, many of them with exotic characteristics. 



Richard Phillips Feynman 1918 – 1988 was an American theoretical physicist

In the next few decades, electrons, protons, and neutrons, the relatively stable particles that make up the atoms that constitute all matter were discovered, followed by particles only found in natural events involving high energy. As more powerful particle accelerators were developed, still more exotic particles were theorized and discovered and a Standard Model of how particles interacted and were related was formed in the 1960’s-1970’s.



What does the Standard Model reveal about the particles that make up everything? How can Feynman diagrams show particle interactions? What is missing from the Standard Model? Join me as we explore the search for the smallest of things – subatomic particles – and what we have learned about them.         


Presentation by Dr. Phil Youngblood




Dr. Phil Youngblood
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10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PDT




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