The decade of 1969-1979: How quarks and gluons became a reality

Paul Söding (DESY)
DESY auditorium, 17:00h

In the 50th year of DESY’s existence it comes natural to reflect on the past. Between 1969 and 1979 our view on the strong interaction underwent a profound change. In theory, new field theoretical concepts were driving the development. In experiment, the emerging technology of colliding beams caused a breakthrough. The combined efforts led to the quarks becoming elevated from a vague theoretical idea to real physical objects, and also the gluons put into almost direct evidence. Some of the tops and flops in those crucial steps towards the Standard Model will be recalled.

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