Hints of new physics and observation of old predicted physics
There has been lots of exciting science news so far this year. The most talked about has been the observation of gravitational waves coming from the inward spiral and merger of two black holes by the
Meanwhile, with my current experiment, CMS which is located at CERN in the Large Hadron Collider, we have just released a new batch of results for the winter conferences. Here, we’re presenting 30 new results since December, including an update on the di-photon channel. In December, both the ATLAS and CMS collaborations observed slight excesses at the same energy. Our experiment has added some more data that we collected last year to our December result and we’ve improved our sensitivity by 20% and slightly increased the statistical significance of the result. Theorists have been speculating what this new physics could be and we are all waiting to get more data as the “bump” is not yet statistically significant enough to declare a discovery. The accelerator is starting up again and we’ll hopefully get enough data by the main summer conference in August to see whether this is really new physics or not. The bump could well go away or it may keep growing. These are really exciting times!
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