The known particles and their strong, electromagnetic and weak interactions are beautifully explained by the standard model – one of the greatest achievements of theoretical physics. This theory has been precisely tested in a variety of experiments up to the TeV scale, equivalent to distances of 10-19 m, but it does not give a complete description of Nature:
It does not account for dark matter or for the matter/anti-matter asymmetry of the Universe, and it requires some modification to explain neutrino oscillations. There are also unresolved theoretical questions: What is the origin of electroweak symmetry breaking? What is the origin of the intricate hierarchical structure of the quark and lepton masses? Why does quantum chromodynamics (QCD) preserve charge and parity (CP)?
The search for physics beyond the standard model is the focus of our research at the Technion high energy group. We work on variety of topics including Higgs, flavor physics and dark matter. Our research ranges from more theoretical directions including amplitude techniques and model building to experimental probes of new physics, from collider to low-energy experiments.