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Supersymmetry: A Love Story

An exploration of the “WIMP miracle” and why it may not pan out.

7 TeV proton-proton collision in the CMS detector of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN in Switzerland. Image by the CMS collaboration.
Our familiar Standard Model friends admire their supposed Supersymmetric counterparts.


The Atlas detector at CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research. The circular accelerator is the largest on the planet with a circumference of 26.7 km or about 17 miles, nestled underneath Geneva, Switzerland. Source: CERN
A graphic showing a possible extension to the Standard Model with the tildes representing each corresponding super-partner. Source: from the movie “Particle Fever” by Mark Levinson.

The Players of the Game

Professor Michael Dine (left) and Dr. Ann Nelson (right). Photos by: C. Lagattuta and the University of Washington, respectively.
The ATLAS collaboration, one of the main experiments at CERN with around 5000 members from nearly 180 institutions across the globe. Source: CERN

The Facts

Failure contains crucial information that allows us to exclude what the “true” description of nature is not.

The Debate

A Higgs particle feels the heat of naturalness. Source: Quantum Diaries
Graphic showing Standard Model inverse coupling strengths for three of the fundamental forces as a function of interaction energy (excluding gravity..) diverging (left) and SUSY couplings (right) converging at around 10^16 GeV.

The Hard Truth

SIMPs Enter the Arena

Graphic showing a pion composed of an up quark bound to a down anti-quark via a gluon (left) and the theoretical SIMP composed of a quark and an anti-quark bound together by an unknown type of gluon. Source: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley
Murayama suggests dark matter SIMPs strongly self-interact and collide through yet to be discovered interactions. Source: Robert Sanders, UC Berkeley, Kavli IMPU graphic.



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Matthew Forman

Astroparticle physics PhD candidate at UC Irvine, Citizen Scientist, curious Homo Sapien. instagram: @human_wavefunction, twitter: @human_wavfnctn