A new finding could shake the very foundations of our understanding of particle physics, and the universe.
A review of three separate experiments, including one conducted at the Large Hadron Collider, has turned up ‘remarkably similar’ results.
The studies suggest that lepton universality – a fundamental assumption of the standard model – does not hold up.
Instead, they point to the existence of a new phenomenon that exists outside of the standard model of particle physics.
‘These studies have resulted in observations that seem to challenge lepton universality,’ an international team of physicists wrote in a review published in Nature this week.
‘A confirmation of these results would point to new particles or interactions, and could have profound implications for our understanding of particle physics.’