Monday, March 21, 2011

At the LHC: desperately seeking SUSY

The Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Geneva is now up and running but instead of being delighted, many theoretical physicists are beginning to get worried. They see the fruits of their long and illustrious careers potentially turning to ashes. The reason? The LHC hasn’t found SUSY.

Alessandro Strumia, a theorist at the University of Pisa in Italy was quoted as saying “Privately, a lot of people think that the situation is not good for SUSY. This is a big political issue in our field. For some great physicists, it is the difference between getting a Nobel prize and admitting they spent their lives on the wrong track.”

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