A senior researcher associated with the Atlas experiment has revealed that a major discovery of a new particle is expected this year in the Large Hadron Collider. The new particle is likely to be much more exciting than the Higgs boson, according to the researcher.
The new particle is likely to be the so-called supersymmetric particle that is expected to stay in the machine, with the most probable candidate being the gluino.
The accelerator is undergoing an upgrade that would give the machine a major energy boost, after which it will make a comeback online in March to explore more particles.
The detection of a new particle would help in directly finding a “dark matter” and spot some of the mysteries of the universe, according to the researchers.
“We hope that we’re just now at this threshold that we’re finding another world, such as antimatter. We found antimatter in the beginning of the last century. Maybe we’ll find now supersymmetric matter,” Prof Beate Heinemann, spokesperson for the Atlas experiment, one of the big particle detectors at the LHC.
Heinemann expects a new major discovery at the Large Hadron Collider as early as this year.
“Summer may be a bit hard but late summer maybe, if we’re really lucky,” she said referring to the probable timing of major discovery.
The researchers describe the supersymmetry, popularly known as ‘Susy’, as an addition to the Standard Model that describes the nature’s fundamental particles and their interactions. According to the scientists, Susy fills the gaps existing in the Standard Model, hence, offering a basis to combine the different interacting forces.
Heinemann, a University of California researcher, presented her views at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.