supersymmetry

noun
su·​per·​sym·​me·​try | \ ˌsü-pər-ˈsi-mə-trē How to pronounce supersymmetry (audio) \

Definition of supersymmetry

: the correspondence between fermions and bosons of identical mass that is postulated to have existed during the opening moments of the big bang and that relates gravity to the other forces of nature

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supersymmetric \ ˌsü-​pər-​sə-​ˈme-​trik How to pronounce supersymmetric (audio) \ adjective

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According to supersymmetry, every elementary quarticle has a mate in the opposite kingdom, its superpartner. Quanta Magazine, "Inside the Knotty World of ‘Anyon’ Particles," 28 Feb. 2017 Take, for example, the research program on supersymmetry. Philip Ball, WIRED, "Questioning Truth, Reality, and the Role of Scientific Progress," 2 June 2018 Unfortunately, results from the Large Hadron Collider have eliminated natural versions of supersymmetry. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Lost in Math," 29 Apr. 2018 The failure to find any of the phenomena predicted by Grand Unified Theories, supersymmetry and the like is not a reason to stop trying, through experiments both small and grand. The Economist, "Lord of the ringsThe next super-collider should be built in China," 11 Jan. 2018 Many of their ideas for explaining them, such as Grand Unified Theories and supersymmetry, are now themselves several decades old. The Economist, "Lord of the ringsThe next super-collider should be built in China," 11 Jan. 2018 Hence the unwillingness to give up on GUTs and supersymmetry. The Economist, "Particle physicsFundamental physics is frustrating physicists," 13 Jan. 2018 Not everybody is ready to give up on supersymmetry or to pay off bets. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way," 19 June 2017 What the world’s physicists have wanted for almost 30 years is any sign of phenomena called supersymmetry, which has hovered just out of reach like a golden apple, a promise of a hidden mathematical beauty at the core of reality. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, "Yearning for New Physics at CERN, in a Post-Higgs Way," 19 June 2017

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1974, in the meaning defined above

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