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How to Use the Large Hadron Collider to Search for Dark Matter

If you can’t find dark matter, look first for a dark force.

hile cosmologists may be fascinated by what dark matter , particle physicists are fascinated by what dark matter . For us, dark matter should be—naturally—a particle, albeit one that is still lurking hidden in our data. For the last few decades, we’ve had a tantalizing guess as to what this particle might be—namely, the lightest of a new class of supersymmetric particles. Supersymmetry is an extension to the Standard Model of particles and forces that nicely addresses lingering questions about the stability of the mass of the Higgs

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