Cern's LHC Finds Anomalies That Defy The Standard Model Of Physics
An LHCb experiment conducted at the CERN laboratory in Switzerland has presented an intriguing set of results on the matter of particle decay. These preliminary results which were derived from a small data set seem to contradict the standard model of physics and have sparked a great deal of interest in the scientific community.
A new experiment at CERN may overturn the Standard Model of Physics
The LHCb team presented their much-anticipated results of the particle decay of B0 mesons during collisions in the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Before the ambitious experiment, the team used the standard model of particle physics to predict the probability of various scenarios involving the decay of the B0 mesons with the knowledge that any serious deviation from this predictions could signal a break from the standard model.
In the course of the team, the team examined the decay of the B0 mesons against a pair of electrons or muons. In the context of the standard model of physics, the interactions of the muon and the electron ought to be identical because of a principle is known as lepton universality, despite the fact that a muon is approximately 200 times heavier than an electron. According to the principle of lepton universality, electron and muons ought to be produced at the same rate in the process of B0 meson particle decay. However, the team found that the particular decay involving muons occurred significantly less regularly in their tests in the Large Hadron Collider.
At this current time, scientists are being cautious about heralding this set of data as a clear deviation from the standard model of physics as the sample size means that the results are of limited statistical significance. However, this is not the first time that scientists have discovered an anomaly in particle decay in this manner, and therefore it is deemed prudent to run further tests to see if this discovery will overturn the standard model. The next stage of the investigation will replicate the test using a large data sample collection to confirm or refute the team’s conclusions.