From Fermilab Today: “CMS Result – Taking them all on at once”

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Friday, Aug. 17, 2012
Jim Pivarski

Supersymmetry, the notion that matter and forces are two sides of the same coin, is an elegant idea that could explain many of the mysteries of particle physics. Searching for it, however, is not an easy task because there are so many different ways it could manifest itself.

The Supersymmetry spectrum from Tomasso Dorigo

How would you search for something that could look like anything? Fortunately, models of broken supersymmetry share a few broad features. For one thing, all of the models predict new particles, the superpartners of the ones we know. These would decay into familiar particles because they maintain part of their identity as they decay— for instance, supersymmetric quarks, called squarks, would decay to quarks. In many models, the lightest supersymmetric particle is invisible, like dark matter, which shows up in a particle collision as an apparent imbalance in the particle debris.

In a recent paper, CMS scientists used these as criteria in a broad search for new physics. They looked for an excess of collision events with many high-energy particles in a lopsided pattern, as though an invisible particle carried away much of the energy. They found nothing new— all was in agreement with known physics.

This result has far-reaching consequences. It rules out many of the simplest models of supersymmetry, but as described in last week’s Nutshell, more subtle models lie beyond.”

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