The road ahead

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I describe the surrounding landscape on the road to the CERN Large Hadron Collider. I revisit the milestones of hadron-collider physics, and from them draw lessons for the future. I recall the primary motivation for the journey – understanding the mechanism of electroweak symmetry breaking – and speculate that even greater discoveries may await us. I review the physics that we know beyond the standard model – dark matter, dark energy, and neutrino masses – and discuss the status of grand-unified theories. I list the reasons why the Higgs boson is central to the standard model as well as to physics beyond the standard model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)s3-s10
JournalEuropean Physical Journal C
StatePublished - 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering (miscellaneous)
  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)


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