The quest to explain nature's fundamental interactions and how they shaped the evolution of the universe is one of the most compelling in modern science. The standard model of particle physics provides a partial explanation, but we know that it must be part of a larger, more complete framework. Experiments hoping to uncover details of the "new standard model" are being carried out at two frontiers: the high energy frontier, involving facilities such as the Large Hadron Collider, and the low-energy, high precision frontier, in which nuclear physicists are playing a leading role. In this talk, I describe the next generation of studies at the precision frontier and what we may expect them to teach us about the the origin of matter and the existence of new forces that were important at earlier times in the evolution of the cosmos. I will discuss both experimental prospects and theoretical developments.
Argonne Physics Division Colloquium Schedule