supersymmetry

noun

su·​per·​sym·​me·​try ˌsü-pər-ˈsi-mə-trē How to pronounce supersymmetry (audio)
: 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
supersymmetric adjective

Examples of supersymmetry in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One of the leading theories beyond the Standard Model is known as supersymmetry. Yuen Yiu, Discover Magazine, 15 Oct. 2019 The introduction of supersymmetry also solved the nasty problem of tachyons by replacing those troublesome particles with supersymmetric partners, which was a nice flourish. Paul Sutter, Ars Technica, 27 Jan. 2023 Some researchers have been trying (unsuccessfully) to add even more fields that could solve some of the problems of the Standard Model, an idea called supersymmetry. Devin Powell, Discover Magazine, 17 Sep. 2018 Some theorists have turned to models of supersymmetry, which posits the existence of a whole zoo of undiscovered particles, to suggest that hypothetical particles with names like charginos and sleptons play some role. Stephen Ornes, Discover Magazine, 18 Dec. 2021 Inspired by Witten’s work, Crichigno has been inverting this connection by using supersymmetry to study topology. Quanta Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 The weird doomsday prediction could be a sign that supersymmetry is correct. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, 27 Aug. 2015 Lykken is looking forward to two big, interlinked post-Higgs discoveries: supersymmetry and dark matter. Corey S Powell, Discover Magazine, 11 Oct. 2013 This link comes from supersymmetry, a theory in particle physics that proposes a deep symmetry between the particles that make up matter and those that carry forces. Quanta Magazine, 7 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1974, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of supersymmetry was in 1974

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“Supersymmetry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/supersymmetry. Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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