And beyond

Taking a closer look at LHC

Although the Standard Model has been very successful in accounting for all experimental phenomena, it is not expected to be the ultimate theory because of its great complexity and the many questions it leaves unanswered.

For example, if forces and matter particles are all there are, it says all particles must travel at the speed of light–but that is not what is being observed. To slow them down, is neccesary the Higgs field. In 2013, ATLAS e CMS, detectors in LHC, have shown the existence of this field. 

It does not include the force of gravity and does not encompass the General Theory of Relativity.

Also, physicists now understand that 96 percent of the universe is not made of matter as we know it, and thus it does not fit into the Standard Model.

How to extend the Standard Model to account for these mysteries is an open question to be answered by current and future experiments.





Xabier Cid Vidal, PhD in experimental Particle Physics for Santiago University (USC). Research Fellow in experimental Particle Physics at CERN from January 2013 to Decembre 2015. Currently, he is in USC Particle Physics Department ("Ramon y Cajal", Spanish Postdoctoral Senior Grants).

Ramon Cid Manzano, secondary school Physics Teacher at IES de SAR (Santiago - Spain), and part-time Lecturer (Profesor Asociado) in Faculty of Education at the University of Santiago (Spain), until his retirement in 2020. He has a Degree in Physics and in Chemistry, and is PhD for Santiago University (USC).



CERN Directory

CERN Experimental Program

Theoretical physics (TH)

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CERN Structure

CERN and the Environment



Detector CMS

Detector ATLAS

Detector ALICE

Detector LHCb

Detector TOTEM

Detector LHCf

Detector MoEDAL



 For the bibliography used when writing this Section please go to the References Section

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