Researchers at the Large Hadron Collider detected one of the rarest particle decays seen in nature. The finding deals a blow to the theory of physics known as supersymmetry, or SUSY, which gained popularity as a way to explain some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics known as the Standard Model. If supersymmetry is not an explanation for dark matter, then theorists will have to find alternative ideas to explain those inconsistencies in the Standard Model.
This track is an example of simulated data modelled for the ATLAS detector on the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. The Higgs boson is produced in the collision of 2 protons & quickly decays into 4 muons, a type of heavy electron that is not absorbed by the detector. The tracks of the muons are in yellow. The newest findings indicate that not only is the particle probably the Higgs boson, but it is the basic version predicted by the dominant theory of particle physics, the Standard Model.
Three years after its discovery, physicists are still fascinated by the Higgs boson’s secrets
Why Stephen Hawking Thinks the 'God Particle' Could End the Universe By Kelly Dickerson, Staff Writer | September 08, 2014 Simulated data from the Large Hadron Collider particle detector shows the Higgs boson produced after two protons collide.Credit: CERN
Higgs Boson theory explained by a particle physicist at the Large Hadron Collider in Cern. What does any particle have mass? What are they doing in Cern anyways? Arn't scientists all done discovering all there is to know? These questions answered and more!