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Physicists Have Discovered Evidence Of A Gluino Particle, The Cousin Of The Higgs Boson

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A team of scientists currently working at the Large Hadron Collier at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) announced that it has possibly discovered the existence of a particle integral to nature in a statement on Tuesday, Dec. 15, and again on Dec.16

The two teams working in concert, named Atlas and CMS, presented their findings on the particle from the Large Hadron Collider's second run (LHC Run 2). The results were based on what the scientists observed during the particle collisions. The previously-hypothesized particle, named the gluino, is theoretically the supersymmetric partner of the gluon (or glue particle, which is comprised entirely of nuclear force). This would mean that the gluino could be pair-produced by colliders like the LHC, and would more or less be described as a heavier version of the Higgs boson, a particle that essentially helps us understand why other particles contain mass and was identified at the LHC at CERN in 2012.

Despite the promising findings, the scientists stressed that there was not enough data to pinpoint anything definitive about the existence of the possible — and possibly important — particle.

"I don't think there is anyone around who thinks this is conclusive," said Kyle Cranmer, one of the members of Atlas, in an interview with the New York Times

"But it would be huge if true," added the NYU-based physicist.

The scientists first noticed data that would point to the existence of the gluino with extra gamma rays found within the collider. The gamma rays, which were congruent with the charge power of about 750 billion electron volts, were theorized to be the product of radioactive decay in a particle. This behavior would be symptomatic of a gluino. 

"We are barely coming to terms with the power and the glory," another CERN team member, Maria Spiropulu, told the New York Times via text message, referring to the collider's expansive capabilities, among them the "ability to operate at 13 trillion electron volts." 

"We are now entering the era of taking a shot in the dark!" the physicist concluded.

Via: The New York Times

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