Syed Afsar Abbas
Electric charge in the Standard Model of particle physics
(25K, latex)
ABSTRACT. At present the Standard Model is empirically the most successful model of particle physics.
However, the electric charge which is a most basic and fundamental physical quantity,
is popularly believed, not to be quantised in the Standard Model.
This is what all the text books say.
We look into the basis of the above statement and show that this arises from a gross misunderstanding
of the mathematical structure of the Standard Model.
We show that in contrast to the popularly held above view, the electric
charge is consistently and fully quantized in the Standard Model.
This arises from a consistent physical interpretation of the mathematical structure of the Standard Model.
Lack of this understanding is being detrimental to further appreciation of the real
significance of the Standard Model in the broad framework of particle physics.