Bigger than the Higgs, bigger even than gravitational waves…

It looks like the LHC may have found a surprise massive particle that gives a glimpse into a better – and entirely unexpected – theory of reality.

Has the LHC caught a glimpse of a new theory of reality? Stuart Patience

Ethereal dance

If these are real effects, the likelihood is that they are down to the influence of undiscovered massive particles participating in the ethereal quantum dance of the subatomic world.

That might appear to tie in well with the anomalies that have recently popped up at ATLAS and CMS, which provide more direct evidence for a new particle. But according to LHCb, the unseen ghost would have a spin of 1 – about the only thing that the ATLAS and CMS results definitively rule out (see main story).



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