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Who Cares about Particle Physics?Making Sense of the Higgs Boson, the Large Hadron Collider and CERN$
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Pauline Gagnon

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780198783244

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198783244.001.0001

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Calling SUSY to the Rescue

Calling SUSY to the Rescue

(p.133) 6 Calling SUSY to the Rescue
Who Cares about Particle Physics?

Pauline Gagnon

Oxford University Press

The Standard Model, in spite of its amazing success, has several flaws, such as failing to include dark matter. Physicists are looking for an alternative, a more encompassing theory going beyond the Standard Model to describe the so-called “new physics.” One of the hypotheses under study is called supersymmetry, or SUSY. It has much appeal: SUSY builds on the Standard Model; unifies the two types of fundamental particles, the grains of matter and the force carriers; and predicts several new particles, one of which would be ideal for solving the dark matter enigma. Its biggest problem? It remains undiscovered, despite all the efforts made to find it at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN. But there still a chance that this hypothesis could be right. With the restart of the LHC at higher energy in 2015, supersymmetry, if it exists, could be discovered soon.

Keywords:   supersymmetry, SUSY, new physics, beyond Standard Model, Standard Model, LHC, Large Hadron Collider

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