- Review of three studies challenges a core principle of the standard model
- Fundamental particles called taus behaved strangely in all three experiments
- This suggests that a new phenomenon could exist outside of the standard model
- If true, this would radically alter our understanding of physics and the universe
A new finding could shake the very foundations of our understanding of particle physics, and the universe.
A review of three separate experiments, including one conducted at the Large Hadron Collider, has turned up ‘remarkably similar’ results.
The studies suggest that lepton universality – a fundamental assumption of the standard model – does not hold up.
Instead, they point to the existence of a new phenomenon that exists outside of the standard model of particle physics.
Earlier this year, researchers with Cern’s LHCb experiment (pictured) found ‘intriguing anomalies’, a discovery that has now been used as one of the three pieces of research included in a new Nature review. The review hints at explanations beyond the Standard Model