Fixing the Standard Model: From Dark Matter to the Baryon Asymmetry of the Universe
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Since its foundation in the 20th century, the Standard Model has been immensely powerful in explaining many particle physics phenomena. With the discovery of the Higgs boson at the LHC, the Standard Model seems to be complete. However, there are many observations that we cannot explain within the Standard Model. After giving an introduction to the Standard Model, I focus on two questions that require beyond the Standard Model physics in this thesis: (1) What is the particle nature of dark matter? (2) Why is there a matter--antimatter asymmetry in the Universe?
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