Researchers working with the Large Hadron Collider, have found one of the rare decays of particles in nature. This discovery causes a devastating blow to the theory of physics called supersymmetry.
Supersymmetry has become popular as an explanation for some of the inconsistencies in the traditional theory of subatomic physics, called the Standard Model.
The new observations, which were reported at a conference in Kyoto, dedicated to the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) run counter to the hypothesis of supersymmetry.
Professor Chris Parkes, representing Great Britain in the LHC experiments, said: "Supersymmetry is not dead yet, but the new results clearly put this hypothesis to the hospital." Supersymmetry theory say that there are more massive version of the known particles.
Their existence helps explain why galaxies rotate faster than the Standard Model calculations suggest. Physicists have put forward the theory that we, along with the known particles, galaxies contain invisible, undetectable dark matter consisting of the super-particles. Thus, the mass of galaxies is higher than we can find, so they spin faster.
Researchers at the LHC LHCb detector received the results that cast doubt on the idea. They measured the decay of a particle known as the B_s (pronounced