Physics:Standard Model
Standard Model of particle physics 

The Standard Model of particle physics is the theory describing three of the four known fundamental forces (electromagnetic, weak and strong interactions – excluding gravity) in the universe and classifying all known elementary particles. It was developed in stages throughout the latter half of the 20th century, through the work of many scientists worldwide,^{[1]} with the current formulation being finalized in the mid1970s upon experimental confirmation of the existence of quarks. Since then, proof of the top quark (1995), the tau neutrino (2000), and the Higgs boson (2012) have added further credence to the Standard Model. In addition, the Standard Model has predicted various properties of weak neutral currents and the W and Z bosons with great accuracy.
Although the Standard Model is believed to be theoretically selfconsistent^{[note 1]} and has demonstrated some success in providing experimental predictions, it leaves some physical phenomena unexplained and so falls short of being a complete theory of fundamental interactions.^{[3]} For example, it does not fully explain baryon asymmetry, incorporate the full theory of gravitation^{[4]} as described by general relativity, or account for the universe's accelerating expansion as possibly described by dark energy. The model does not contain any viable dark matter particle that possesses all of the required properties deduced from observational cosmology. It also does not incorporate neutrino oscillations and their nonzero masses.
The development of the Standard Model was driven by theoretical and experimental particle physicists alike. The Standard Model is a paradigm of a quantum field theory for theorists, exhibiting a wide range of phenomena, including spontaneous symmetry breaking, anomalies, and nonperturbative behavior. It is used as a basis for building more exotic models that incorporate hypothetical particles, extra dimensions, and elaborate symmetries (such as supersymmetry) to explain experimental results at variance with the Standard Model, such as the existence of dark matter and neutrino oscillations.
Historical background
In 1954, Yang ChenNing and Robert Mills extended the concept of gauge theory for abelian groups, e.g. quantum electrodynamics, to nonabelian groups to provide an explanation for strong interactions.^{[5]} In 1957, ChienShiung Wu demonstrated parity was not conserved in the weak interaction.^{[6]} In 1961, Sheldon Glashow combined the electromagnetic and weak interactions.^{[7]} In 1967 Steven Weinberg^{[8]} and Abdus Salam^{[9]} incorporated the Higgs mechanism^{[10]}^{[11]}^{[12]} into Glashow's electroweak interaction, giving it its modern form.
The Higgs mechanism is believed to give rise to the masses of all the elementary particles in the Standard Model. This includes the masses of the W and Z bosons, and the masses of the fermions, i.e. the quarks and leptons.
After the neutral weak currents caused by Z boson exchange were discovered at CERN in 1973,^{[13]}^{[14]}^{[15]}^{[16]} the electroweak theory became widely accepted and Glashow, Salam, and Weinberg shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for discovering it. The W^{±} and Z^{0} bosons were discovered experimentally in 1983; and the ratio of their masses was found to be as the Standard Model predicted.^{[17]}
The theory of the strong interaction (i.e. quantum chromodynamics, QCD), to which many contributed, acquired its modern form in 1973–74 when asymptotic freedom was proposed^{[18]}^{[19]} (a development which made QCD the main focus of theoretical research)^{[20]} and experiments confirmed that the hadrons were composed of fractionally charged quarks.^{[21]}^{[22]}
The term "Standard Model" was introduced by Abraham Pais and Sam Treiman in 1975,^{[23]} with reference to the electroweak theory with four quarks.^{[24]} Steven Weinberg, has since claimed priority, explaining that he chose the term Standard Model out of a sense of modesty^{[25]}^{[26]}^{[27]} and used it in 1973 during a talk in AixenProvence in France.^{[28]}
Particle content
The Standard Model includes members of several classes of elementary particles, which in turn can be distinguished by other characteristics, such as color charge.
All particles can be summarized as follows:
Fermions
The Standard Model includes 12 elementary particles of spin ^{1}⁄_{2}, known as fermions.^{[29]} Fermions respect the Pauli exclusion principle, meaning that two identical fermions cannot simultaneously occupy the same quantum state.^{[30]} Each fermion has a corresponding antiparticle, which are particles that have corresponding properties with the exception of opposite charges.^{[31]} Fermions are classified based on how they interact, which is determined by the charges they carry, into two groups: quarks and leptons. Within each group, pairs of particles that exhibit similar physical behaviors are then grouped into generations (see the table). Each member of a generation has a greater mass than the corresponding particle of generations prior. Thus, there are three generations of quarks and leptons.^{[32]} As firstgeneration particles do not decay, they comprise of all ordinary (baryonic) matter. Specifically, all atoms consist of electrons orbiting around the atomic nucleus, ultimately constituted of up and down quarks. On the other hand, second and thirdgeneration charged particles decay with very short halflives and can only be observed in highenergy environments. Neutrinos of all generations also do not decay, and pervade the universe, but rarely interact with baryonic matter.
There are six quarks: up, down, charm, strange, top, and bottom.^{[29]}^{[32]} Quarks carry color charge, and hence interact via the strong interaction. The color confinement phenomenon results in quarks being strongly bound together such that they form colorneutral composite particles called hadrons; quarks cannot individually exist and must always bind with other quarks. Hadrons can contain either a quarkantiquark pair (mesons) or three quarks (baryons).^{[33]} The lightest baryons are the nucleons: the proton and neutron. Quarks also carry electric charge and weak isospin, and thus interact with other fermions through electromagnetism and weak interaction. The six leptons consist of the electron, electron neutrino, muon, muon neutrino, tau, and tau neutrino. The leptons do not carry color charge, and do not respond to strong interaction. The main leptons carry an electric charge of 1 e, while the three neutrinos carry a neutral electric charge. Thus, the neutrinos' motion are only influenced by weak interaction and gravity, making them difficult to observe.
Gauge bosons
The Standard Model includes 3 gauge bosons of spin 1,^{[29]} with bosons being quantum particles containing an integer spin. The gauge bosons are defined as force carriers, as they are responsible for mediating the fundamental interactions. The Standard Model explains the four fundamental forces as arising from the interactions, with fermions exchanging virtual force carrier particles, thus mediating the forces. At a macroscopic scale, this manifests as a force.^{[35]} As a result, they do not follow the Pauli exclusion principle that constrains fermions; bosons do not have a theoretical limit on their spatial density. The types of gauge bosons are described below.
 Electromagnetism: Photons mediate the electromagnetic force, responsible for interactions between electrically charged particles. The photon is massless and is described by the theory of quantum electrodynamics (QED).
 Strong Interactions: Gluons mediate the strong interactions, which binds quarks to each other by influencing the color charge, with the interactions being described in the theory of quantum chromodynamics (QCD). They have no mass, and there are eight distinct gluons, with each being denoted through a coloranticolor charge combination (e.g. red–antigreen).^{[note 2]} As gluons have an effective color charge, they can also interact amongst themselves.
 Weak Interactions: The _{}W^{+}, _{}W^{−}, and _{}Z_{} gauge bosons mediate the weak interactions between all fermions, being responsible for radioactivity. They contain mass, with the _{}Z_{} having more mass than the _{}W^{±}. The weak interactions involving the _{}W^{±} act only on lefthanded particles and righthanded antiparticles. The _{}W^{±} carries an electric charge of +1 and −1 and couples to the electromagnetic interaction. The electrically neutral _{}Z_{} boson interacts with both lefthanded particles and righthanded antiparticles. These three gauge bosons along with the photons are grouped together, as collectively mediating the electroweak interaction.
 Gravity: It is currently unexplained in the Standard Model, as the hypothetical mediating particle graviton has been proposed, but not observed.^{[36]} This is due to the incompatibility of quantum mechanics and Einstein's theory of general relativity, regarded as being the best explanation for gravity. In general relativity, gravity is explained as being the geometric curving of spacetime. ^{[37]}
The Feynman diagram calculations, which are a graphical representation of the perturbation theory approximation, invoke "force mediating particles", and when applied to analyze highenergy scattering experiments are in reasonable agreement with the data. However, perturbation theory (and with it the concept of a "forcemediating particle") fails in other situations. These include lowenergy quantum chromodynamics, bound states, and solitons. The interactions between all the particles described by the Standard Model are summarized by the diagrams on the right of this section.
Higgs boson
The Higgs particle is a massive scalar elementary particle theorized by Peter Higgs in 1964, when he showed that Goldstone's 1962 theorem (generic continuous symmetry, which is spontaneously broken) provides a third polarisation of a massive vector field. Hence, Goldstone's original scalar doublet, the massive spinzero particle, was proposed as the Higgs boson, and is a key building block in the Standard Model.^{[38]} It has no intrinsic spin, and for that reason is classified as a boson with spin0.^{[29]}
The Higgs boson plays a unique role in the Standard Model, by explaining why the other elementary particles, except the photon and gluon, are massive. In particular, the Higgs boson explains why the photon has no mass, while the W and Z bosons are very heavy. Elementaryparticle masses and the differences between electromagnetism (mediated by the photon) and the weak force (mediated by the W and Z bosons) are critical to many aspects of the structure of microscopic (and hence macroscopic) matter. In electroweak theory, the Higgs boson generates the masses of the leptons (electron, muon, and tau) and quarks. As the Higgs boson is massive, it must interact with itself.
Because the Higgs boson is a very massive particle and also decays almost immediately when created, only a very highenergy particle accelerator can observe and record it. Experiments to confirm and determine the nature of the Higgs boson using the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN began in early 2010 and were performed at Fermilab's Tevatron until its closure in late 2011. Mathematical consistency of the Standard Model requires that any mechanism capable of generating the masses of elementary particles must become visible^{[clarification needed]} at energies above 1.4 TeV;^{[39]} therefore, the LHC (designed to collide two 7 TeV proton beams) was built to answer the question of whether the Higgs boson actually exists.^{[40]}
On 4 July 2012, two of the experiments at the LHC (ATLAS and CMS) both reported independently that they had found a new particle with a mass of about 125 GeV/c^{2} (about 133 proton masses, on the order of 10^{−25} kg), which is "consistent with the Higgs boson".^{[41]}^{[42]} On 13 March 2013, it was confirmed to be the searchedfor Higgs boson.^{[43]}^{[44]}
Theoretical aspects
Construction of the Standard Model Lagrangian
Parameters of the Standard Model  

#  Symbol  Description  Renormalization scheme (point) 
Value  
1  m_{e}  Electron mass  0.511 MeV  
2  m_{μ}  Muon mass  105.7 MeV  
3  m_{τ}  Tau mass  1.78 GeV  
4  m_{u}  Up quark mass  μ_{MS} = 2 GeV  1.9 MeV  
5  m_{d}  Down quark mass  μ_{MS} = 2 GeV  4.4 MeV  
6  m_{s}  Strange quark mass  μ_{MS} = 2 GeV  87 MeV  
7  m_{c}  Charm quark mass  μ_{MS} = m_{c}  1.32 GeV  
8  m_{b}  Bottom quark mass  μ_{MS} = m_{b}  4.24 GeV  
9  m_{t}  Top quark mass  On shell scheme  173.5 GeV  
10  θ_{12}  CKM 12mixing angle  13.1°  
11  θ_{23}  CKM 23mixing angle  2.4°  
12  θ_{13}  CKM 13mixing angle  0.2°  
13  δ  CKM CP violation Phase  0.995  
14  g_{1} or g'  U(1) gauge coupling  μ_{MS} = m_{Z}  0.357  
15  g_{2} or g  SU(2) gauge coupling  μ_{MS} = m_{Z}  0.652  
16  g_{3} or g_{s}  SU(3) gauge coupling  μ_{MS} = m_{Z}  1.221  
17  θ_{QCD}  QCD vacuum angle  ~0  
18  v  Higgs vacuum expectation value  246 GeV  
19  m_{H}  Higgs mass  125.09±0.24 GeV 
Technically, quantum field theory provides the mathematical framework for the Standard Model, in which a Lagrangian controls the dynamics and kinematics of the theory. Each kind of particle is described in terms of a dynamical field that pervades spacetime.^{[45]} The construction of the Standard Model proceeds following the modern method of constructing most field theories: by first postulating a set of symmetries of the system, and then by writing down the most general renormalizable Lagrangian from its particle (field) content that observes these symmetries.
The global Poincaré symmetry is postulated for all relativistic quantum field theories. It consists of the familiar translational symmetry, rotational symmetry and the inertial reference frame invariance central to the theory of special relativity. The local SU(3)×SU(2)×U(1) gauge symmetry is an internal symmetry that essentially defines the Standard Model. Roughly, the three factors of the gauge symmetry give rise to the three fundamental interactions. The fields fall into different representations of the various symmetry groups of the Standard Model (see table). Upon writing the most general Lagrangian, one finds that the dynamics depends on 19 parameters, whose numerical values are established by experiment. The parameters are summarized in the table (made visible by clicking "show") above.
Quantum chromodynamics sector
The quantum chromodynamics (QCD) sector defines the interactions between quarks and gluons, which is a Yang–Mills gauge theory with SU(3) symmetry, generated by [math]\displaystyle{ T^a = \lambda^a/2 }[/math]. Since leptons do not interact with gluons, they are not affected by this sector. The Dirac Lagrangian of the quarks coupled to the gluon fields is given by
[math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal{L}_\text{QCD} = \overline{\psi} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} \psi  \frac{1}{4} G^a_{\mu\nu} G^{\mu\nu}_a, }[/math]
where [math]\displaystyle{ \psi }[/math] is a three component column vector of Dirac Spinors, each element of which refers to a quark field with a specific color charge (i.e. red, blue, and green) and summation over flavor (i.e. up, down, strange, etc.) is implied.
The gauge covariant derivative of QCD is defined by [math]\displaystyle{ D_{\mu} \equiv \partial_\mu  i g_s\frac{1}{2}\lambda^a G_\mu^a }[/math], where
 γ^{μ} are the Dirac matrices,
 Gaμ is the 8component ([math]\displaystyle{ a = 1, 2, \dots, 8 }[/math]) SU(3) gauge field,
 λ^{a} are the 3 × 3 GellMann matrices, generators of the SU(3) color group,
 Gaμν represents the gluon field strength tensor, and
 g_{s} is the strong coupling constant.
The QCD Lagrangian is invariant under local SU(3) gauge transformations; i.e., transformations of the form [math]\displaystyle{ \psi \rightarrow \psi' = U\psi }[/math], where [math]\displaystyle{ U = e^{i g_s\lambda^a \phi^{a(x)}} }[/math] is [math]\displaystyle{ 3\times 3 }[/math] unitary matrix with determinant 1, making it a member of the group SU(3), and [math]\displaystyle{ \phi^{a(x)} }[/math] is an arbitrary function of spacetime.
Electroweak sector
The electroweak sector is a Yang–Mills gauge theory with the symmetry group U(1) × SU(2)_{L},
[math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal{L}_\text{EW} = \overline{Q}_{Lj} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} Q_{Lj} + \overline{u}_{Rj} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} u_{Rj} + \overline{d}_{Rj} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} d_{Rj} + \overline{\ell}_{Lj} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} \ell_{Lj} + \overline{e}_{Rj} i\gamma^\mu D_{\mu} e_{Rj}  \tfrac{1}{4} W_a^{\mu\nu} W_{\mu\nu}^a  \tfrac{1}{4} B^{\mu\nu} B_{\mu\nu}, }[/math]
where the subscript [math]\displaystyle{ j }[/math] sums over the three generations of fermions; [math]\displaystyle{ Q_L, u_R }[/math], and [math]\displaystyle{ d_R }[/math] are the lefthanded doublet, righthanded singlet up type, and right handed singlet down type quark fields; and [math]\displaystyle{ \ell_L }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ e_R }[/math] are the lefthanded doublet and righthanded singlet lepton fields.
The electroweak gauge covariant derivative is defined as [math]\displaystyle{ D_\mu \equiv \partial_\mu  ig' \tfrac12 Y_\text{W} B_\mu  ig \tfrac{1}{2} \vec\tau_\text{L} \vec W_\mu }[/math], where
 B_{μ} is the U(1) gauge field,
 Y_{W} is the weak hypercharge – the generator of the U(1) group,
 W→_{μ} is the 3component SU(2) gauge field,
 τ_{L}→ are the Pauli matrices – infinitesimal generators of the SU(2) group – with subscript L to indicate that they only act on leftchiral fermions,
 g' and g are the U(1) and SU(2) coupling constants respectively,
 [math]\displaystyle{ W^{a\mu\nu} }[/math] ([math]\displaystyle{ a = 1, 2, 3 }[/math]) and [math]\displaystyle{ B^{\mu\nu} }[/math] are the field strength tensors for the weak isospin and weak hypercharge fields.
Notice that the addition of fermion mass terms into the electroweak Lagrangian is forbidden, since terms of the form [math]\displaystyle{ m\overline\psi\psi }[/math] do not respect U(1) × SU(2)_{L} gauge invariance. Neither is it possible to add explicit mass terms for the U(1) and SU(2) gauge fields. The Higgs mechanism is responsible for the generation of the gauge boson masses, and the fermion masses result from Yukawatype interactions with the Higgs field.
Higgs sector
In the Standard Model, the Higgs field is an [math]\displaystyle{ \operatorname{SU}(2)_\text{L} }[/math] doublet of complex scalar fields with four degrees of freedom:
[math]\displaystyle{ \varphi = \begin{pmatrix} \varphi^+ \\ \varphi^0 \end{pmatrix} = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \begin{pmatrix} \varphi_1 + i\varphi_2 \\ \varphi_3 + i\varphi_4 \end{pmatrix}, }[/math] where the superscripts + and 0 indicate the electric charge [math]\displaystyle{ Q }[/math] of the components. The weak hypercharge [math]\displaystyle{ Y_\text{W} }[/math] of both components is 1. Before symmetry breaking, the Higgs Lagrangian is [math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal{L}_\text{H} = \left(D_{\mu}\varphi\right)^{\dagger} \left(D^{\mu}\varphi \right)  V(\varphi), }[/math] where [math]\displaystyle{ D_{\mu} }[/math] is the electroweak gauge covariant derivative defined above and [math]\displaystyle{ V(\varphi) }[/math] is the potential of the Higgs field. The square of the covariant derivative leads to three and four point interactions between the electroweak gauge fields [math]\displaystyle{ W^{a}_{\mu} }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ B_{\mu} }[/math] and the scalar field [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math]. The scalar potential is given by [math]\displaystyle{ V(\varphi) = \mu^2\varphi^{\dagger}\varphi + \lambda \left( \varphi^{\dagger}\varphi \right)^2, }[/math] where [math]\displaystyle{ \mu^2\gt 0 }[/math], so that [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math] acquires a nonzero Vacuum expectation value, which generates masses for the Electroweak gauge fields (the Higgs' mechanism), and [math]\displaystyle{ \lambda\gt 0 }[/math], so that the potential is bounded from below. The quartic term describes selfinteractions of the scalar field [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math].
The minimum of the potential is degenerate with an infinite number of equivalent ground state solutions, which occurs when [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi^{\dagger}\varphi = \tfrac{\mu^2}{2\lambda} }[/math]. It is possible to perform a gauge transformation on [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math] such that the ground state is transformed to a basis where [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi_1 = \varphi_2 = \varphi_4 = 0 }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi_3 = \tfrac{\mu}{\sqrt{\lambda}} \equiv v }[/math]. This breaks the symmetry of the ground state. The expectation value of [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math] now becomes [math]\displaystyle{ \langle \varphi \rangle = \frac{1}{\sqrt{2}} \begin{pmatrix} 0 \\ v \end{pmatrix}, }[/math] where [math]\displaystyle{ v }[/math] has units of mass and sets the scale of electroweak physics. This is the only dimensional parameter of the Standard Model and has a measured value of ~246 GeV/c^{2}.
After symmetry breaking, the masses of the [math]\displaystyle{ \text{W} }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ \text{Z} }[/math] are given by [math]\displaystyle{ m_\text{W}=\frac{1}{2}gv }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ m_\text{Z}=\frac{1}{2}\sqrt{g^2+g'^2}v }[/math], which can be viewed as predictions of the theory. The photon remains massless. The mass of the Higgs Boson is [math]\displaystyle{ m_\text{H}=\sqrt{2\mu^2}=\sqrt{2\lambda}v }[/math]. Since [math]\displaystyle{ \mu }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ \lambda }[/math] are free parameters, the Higgs' mass could not be predicted beforehand and had to be determined experimentally.
Yukawa sector
The Yukawa interaction terms are:
[math]\displaystyle{ \mathcal{L}_\text{Yukawa} = (Y_\text{u})_{mn}(\bar{Q}_\text{L})_m \tilde{\varphi}(u_\text{R})_n + (Y_\text{d})_{mn}(\bar{Q}_\text{L})_m \varphi(d_\text{R})_n + (Y_\text{e})_{mn}(\bar{\ell}_\text{L})_m {\varphi}(e_\text{R})_n + \mathrm{h.c.} }[/math]
where [math]\displaystyle{ Y_\text{u} }[/math], [math]\displaystyle{ Y_\text{d} }[/math], and [math]\displaystyle{ Y_\text{e} }[/math] are 3 × 3 matrices of Yukawa couplings, with the mn term giving the coupling of the generations m and n, and h.c. means Hermitian conjugate of preceding terms. The fields [math]\displaystyle{ Q_\text{L} }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ \ell_\text{L} }[/math] are lefthanded quark and lepton doublets. Likewise, [math]\displaystyle{ u_\text{R}, d_\text{R} }[/math] and [math]\displaystyle{ e_\text{R} }[/math] are righthanded uptype quark, downtype quark, and lepton singlets. Finally [math]\displaystyle{ \varphi }[/math] is the Higgs doublet and [math]\displaystyle{ \tilde{\varphi} = i\tau_2\varphi^{*} }[/math] is its charge conjugate state.
The Yukawa terms are invariant under the [math]\displaystyle{ \operatorname{SU}(2)_\text{L} \times \operatorname{U}(1)_\text{Y} }[/math] gauge symmetry of the Standard Model and generate masses for all fermions after spontaneous symmetry breaking.
Fundamental interactions
The Standard Model describes three of the four fundamental interactions in nature; only gravity remains unexplained. In the Standard Model, such an interaction is described as an exchange of bosons between the objects affected, such as a photon for the electromagnetic force and a gluon for the strong interaction. Those particles are called force carriers or messenger particles.^{[46]}
Property/Interaction  Gravitation  Electroweak  Strong  

Weak  Electromagnetic  Fundamental  Residual  
Mediating particles  Not Yet observed (Graviton hypothesised) 
W^{+}, W^{−} and Z^{0}  γ (photon)  Gluons  π, ρ and ω mesons 
Affected particles  All particles  Lefthanded fermions  Electrically charged  Quarks, gluons  Hadrons 
Acts on  Stress–energy tensor  Flavour  Electric charge  Color charge  
Bound states formed  Planets, stars, galaxies, galaxy groups  N/A  Atoms, molecules  Hadrons  Atomic nuclei 
Strength at the scale of quarks (relative to electromagnetism) 
10^{−41} (predicted)  10^{−4}  1  60  Not applicable to quarks 
Strength at the scale of protons/neutrons (relative to electromagnetism) 
10^{−36} (predicted)  10^{−7}  1  Not applicable to hadrons 
20 
Gravity
Despite being perhaps the most familiar fundamental interaction, gravity is not described by the Standard Model, due to contradictions that arise when combining general relativity, the modern theory of gravity, and quantum mechanics. However, gravity is so weak at microscopic scales, that it is essentially unmeasurable. The graviton is postulated as the mediating particle.
Electromagnetism
Electromagnetism is the only longrange force in the Standard Model. It is mediated by photons and couples to electric charge.^{[48]} Electromagnetism is responsible for a wide range of phenomena including atomic electron shell structure, chemical bonds, electric circuits and electronics. Electromagnetic interactions in the Standard Model are described by quantum electrodynamics.
Weak nuclear force
The weak interaction is responsible for various forms of particle decay, such as beta decay. It is weak and shortrange, due to the fact that the weak mediating particles, W and Z bosons, have mass. W bosons have electric charge and mediate interactions that change the particle type (referred to as flavour) and charge. Interactions mediated by W bosons are charged current interactions. Z bosons are neutral and mediate neutral current interactions, which do not change particle flavour. Thus Z bosons are similar to the photon, aside from them being massive and interacting with the neutrino. The weak interaction is also the only interaction to violate parity and CP. Parity violation is maximal for charged current interactions, since the W boson interacts exclusively with lefthanded fermions and righthanded antifermions.
In the Standard Model, the weak force is understood in terms of the electroweak theory, which states that the weak and electromagnetic interactions become united into a single electroweak interaction at high energies.
Strong nuclear force
The strong nuclear force is responsible for hadronic and nuclear binding. It is mediated by gluons, which couple to color charge. Since gluons themselves have color charge, the strong force exhibits confinement and asymptotic freedom. Confinement means that only colorneutral particles can exist in isolation, therefore quarks can only exist in hadrons and never in isolation, at low energies. Asymptotic freedom means that the strong force becomes weaker, as the energy scale increases. The strong force overpowers the electrostatic repulsion of protons and quarks in nuclei and hadrons respectively, at their respective scales.
While quarks are bound in hadrons by the fundamental strong interaction, which is mediated by gluons, nucleons are bound by an emergent phenomenon termed the residual strong force or nuclear force. This interaction is mediated by mesons, such as the pion. The color charges inside the nucleon cancel out, meaning most of the gluon and quark fields cancel out outside of the nucleon. However, some residue is "leaked", which appears as the exchange of virtual mesons, that causes the attractive force between nucleons. The (fundamental) strong interaction is described by quantum chromodynamics, which is a component of the Standard Model.
Tests and predictions
The Standard Model predicted the existence of the W and Z bosons, gluon, top quark and charm quark, and predicted many of their properties before these particles were observed. The predictions were experimentally confirmed with good precision.^{[49]}
The Standard Model also predicted the existence of the Higgs boson, which was found in 2012 at the Large Hadron Collider, the final fundamental particle predicted by the Standard Model to be experimentally confirmed.^{[50]}
Challenges
Unsolved problem in physics:

Selfconsistency of the Standard Model (currently formulated as a nonabelian gauge theory quantized through pathintegrals) has not been mathematically proven. While regularized versions useful for approximate computations (for example lattice gauge theory) exist, it is not known whether they converge (in the sense of Smatrix elements) in the limit that the regulator is removed. A key question related to the consistency is the Yang–Mills existence and mass gap problem.
Experiments indicate that neutrinos have mass, which the classic Standard Model did not allow.^{[51]} To accommodate this finding, the classic Standard Model can be modified to include neutrino mass, although it is not obvious exactly how this should be done.
If one insists on using only Standard Model particles, this can be achieved by adding a nonrenormalizable interaction of leptons with the Higgs boson.^{[52]} On a fundamental level, such an interaction emerges in the seesaw mechanism where heavy righthanded neutrinos are added to the theory. This is natural in the leftright symmetric extension of the Standard Model^{[53]}^{[54]} and in certain grand unified theories.^{[55]} As long as new physics appears below or around 10^{14} GeV, the neutrino masses can be of the right order of magnitude.
Theoretical and experimental research has attempted to extend the Standard Model into a unified field theory or a theory of everything, a complete theory explaining all physical phenomena including constants. Inadequacies of the Standard Model that motivate such research include:
 The model does not explain gravitation, although physical confirmation of a theoretical particle known as a graviton would account for it to a degree. Though it addresses strong and electroweak interactions, the Standard Model does not consistently explain the canonical theory of gravitation, general relativity, in terms of quantum field theory. The reason for this is, among other things, that quantum field theories of gravity generally break down before reaching the Planck scale. As a consequence, we have no reliable theory for the very early universe.
 Some physicists consider it to be ad hoc and inelegant, requiring 19 numerical constants whose values are unrelated and arbitrary.^{[56]} Although the Standard Model, as it now stands, can explain why neutrinos have masses, the specifics of neutrino mass are still unclear. It is believed that explaining neutrino mass will require an additional 7 or 8 constants, which are also arbitrary parameters.^{[57]}
 The Higgs mechanism gives rise to the hierarchy problem if some new physics (coupled to the Higgs) is present at high energy scales. In these cases, in order for the weak scale to be much smaller than the Planck scale, severe fine tuning of the parameters is required; there are, however, other scenarios that include quantum gravity in which such fine tuning can be avoided.^{[58]} There are also issues of quantum triviality, which suggests that it may not be possible to create a consistent quantum field theory involving elementary scalar particles.^{[59]}
 The model is inconsistent with the emerging LambdaCDM model of cosmology. Contentions include the absence of an explanation in the Standard Model of particle physics for the observed amount of cold dark matter (CDM) and its contributions to dark energy, which are many orders of magnitude too large. It is also difficult to accommodate the observed predominance of matter over antimatter (matter/antimatter asymmetry). The isotropy and homogeneity of the visible universe over large distances seems to require a mechanism like cosmic inflation, which would also constitute an extension of the Standard Model.
Currently, no proposed theory of everything has been widely accepted or verified.
See also
 Yang–Mills theory
 Fundamental interaction:
 Gauge theory: Introduction to gauge theory
 Generation
 Higgs mechanism: Higgs boson, Alternatives to the Standard Higgs Model
 Lagrangian
 Open questions: CP violation, Neutrino masses, QCD matter, Quantum triviality
 Quantum field theory
 Standard Model: Mathematical formulation of, Physics beyond the Standard Model
 Electron electric dipole moment
Notes
 ↑ There are mathematical issues regarding quantum field theories still under debate (see e.g. Landau pole), but the predictions extracted from the Standard Model by current methods applicable to current experiments are all selfconsistent.^{[2]}
 ↑ There are nine such color–anticolor combinations. However, one of these is a colorsymmetric combination that can be constructed out of a linear superposition, reducing the count to eight.
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Further reading
 R. Oerter (2006). The Theory of Almost Everything: The Standard Model, the Unsung Triumph of Modern Physics. Plume. https://archive.org/details/theoryofalmostev0000oert.
 B.A. Schumm (2004). Deep Down Things: The Breathtaking Beauty of Particle Physics. Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 9780801879715. https://archive.org/details/deepdownthingsbr00schu.
 "The Standard Model of Particle Physics Interactive Graphic". http://www.symmetrymagazine.org/standardmodel/.
Introductory textbooks
 I. Aitchison; A. Hey (2003). Gauge Theories in Particle Physics: A Practical Introduction.. Institute of Physics. ISBN 9780585445502.
 W. Greiner; B. Müller (2000). Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions. Springer. ISBN 9783540676720.
 G.D. Coughlan; J.E. Dodd; B.M. Gripaios (2006). The Ideas of Particle Physics: An Introduction for Scientists. Cambridge University Press.
 D.J. Griffiths (1987). Introduction to Elementary Particles. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780471603863.
 G.L. Kane (1987). Modern Elementary Particle Physics. Perseus Books. ISBN 9780201117493.
Advanced textbooks
 T.P. Cheng; L.F. Li (2006). Gauge theory of elementary particle physics. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198519614. Highlights the gauge theory aspects of the Standard Model.
 J.F. Donoghue; E. Golowich; B.R. Holstein (1994). Dynamics of the Standard Model. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521476522. Highlights dynamical and phenomenological aspects of the Standard Model.
 L. O'Raifeartaigh (1988). Group structure of gauge theories. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521347853.
 Nagashima, Yorikiyo (2013). Elementary Particle Physics: Foundations of the Standard Model, Volume 2. Wiley. ISBN 9783527648900. https://books.google.com/books?id=QYlX6AL4CtwC. 920 pages.
 Schwartz, Matthew D. (2014). Quantum Field Theory and the Standard Model. Cambridge University. ISBN 9781107034730. https://books.google.com/books?id=HbdEAgAAQBAJ. 952 pages.
 Langacker, Paul (2009). The Standard Model and Beyond. CRC Press. ISBN 9781420079074. https://books.google.com/books?id=dpANo3e_pS8C. 670 pages. Highlights grouptheoretical aspects of the Standard Model.
Journal articles
 E.S. Abers; B.W. Lee (1973). "Gauge theories". Physics Reports 9 (1): 1–141. doi:10.1016/03701573(73)900276. Bibcode: 1973PhR.....9....1A.
 M. Baak (2012). "The Electroweak Fit of the Standard Model after the Discovery of a New Boson at the LHC". The European Physical Journal C 72 (11): 2205. doi:10.1140/epjc/s1005201222059. Bibcode: 2012EPJC...72.2205B.
 Y. Hayato (1999). "Search for Proton Decay through p → νK^{+} in a Large Water Cherenkov Detector". Physical Review Letters 83 (8): 1529–1533. doi:10.1103/PhysRevLett.83.1529. Bibcode: 1999PhRvL..83.1529H.
 S.F. Novaes (2000). "Standard Model: An Introduction". arXiv:hepph/0001283.
 D.P. Roy (1999). "Basic Constituents of Matter and their Interactions – A Progress Report". arXiv:hepph/9912523.
 F. Wilczek (2004). "The Universe Is A Strange Place". Nuclear Physics B: Proceedings Supplements 134: 3. doi:10.1016/j.nuclphysbps.2004.08.001. Bibcode: 2004NuPhS.134....3W.
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