The Large Hadron Collider may take us to the discovery of a new particle this year that is expected to be even more exciting than the Higgs boson, according to a senior researcher.
In March, the accelerator will be making a comeback online after receiving a major energy boost following an upgrade.
This could compel the first so-called supersymmetric particle to stay in the machine, with the most probable candidate called the gluino.
Researchers say the detection of a new particle would help them in directly pointing towards a “dark matter”. Moreover, the new particle would expose us to some of the remaining mysteries of the universe.
Prof Beate Heinemann, spokesperson for the Atlas experiment, said, “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.”
Atlas experiment is among the big particle detectors at the Large Hadron Collidor (LHC).
Hinting towards a probable timing of the major discovery, she said, “It could be as early as this year. Summer may be a bit hard but late summer maybe, if we’re really lucky.”
The scientists describe the supersymmetry or ‘Susy’ as addition to the Standard Model, describing the fundamental particles of the nature and their interactions. It is known for filling some gaps existing in the Standard Model and offers a basis to amalgamate the various interacting forces.
Heinemann, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley made the major revelation at the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s annual meeting.