Discovery with Mega Particle Accelerator can pave the way for ‘New Age of Physics’

Discovery with Mega Particle Accelerator can pave the way for 'New Age of Physics'
  • Pallab Ghosh
  • BBC News Science Correspondent

Credit, CERN

Physicists working on the world’s largest particle accelerator, the Large Hadron Collider, have discovered a possible flaw in a theory that describes how the building blocks of the universe behave – a name given to microparticles smaller than atoms.

The theory, known as the Standard Model, is the best answer that humanity must date to explain the functioning of the world around us on an accurate scale.

But we have known for some time that the standard model is just the starting point for a more complete understanding of the universe.

The novelty is that evidence of the unpredictable behavior of a sub-atomic particle called a quark bottom may uncover a rift in the foundations of this theory that has existed for decades.

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