New findings at the Large Hadron Collider could shake up our current understanding of particle physics.
Researchers with CERN’s LHCb experiment have revealed the discovery of ‘intriguing anomalies’ that hint at explanations beyond the Standard Model.
The experiment found that some particles decay less often than expected under a particular set of circumstances, and researchers are now working to determine if this is sign of new physics phenomena, or simply a statistical error.
WHAT IT MEANS
In the Standard Model, this property predicts that ‘up to a small and calculable effect due to the mass difference, electron and muons should be produced with the same probability in this specific B0 decay.’
But, in the LHCb experiment, the researchers found that decays involving muons were less frequent.
As the Standard Model predicts electrons and muons have a high degree of symmetry, which has been supported in many studies, the discrepancies seen in the data could ‘signal new physics,’ according to CERN.