The LHC’s latest results deliver another blow to supersymmetry
The favourite contender to extend the Standard Model just took a hit.
Researchers at CERN have provided new insight into the behaviour of the tiny subatomic particles that make up protons and neutrons, called quarks, and they’re consistent with the traditional Standard Model of particle physics.
That’s great news for the Standard Model - a set of equations that explains the behaviour and interactions of particles in the Universe - but not so good for the supersymmetry hypothesis, which is a proposed extension that aims to fill in some of the gaps in the Standard Model. And those gaps aren’t insignificant: the Standard Model can’t explain dark matter and dark energy, or the force of gravity according to Einstein’s theory of general relativity.