One of the most elusive substances in the universe is dark matter. It’s an almost invisible substance that can only be identified by its gravitational pull. Now scientists and researchers may be one step closer to proving its existence and unveiling its mysteries.
According to Space.com, physicists using the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland may have discovered something that might put the supersymmetry theory — which indicates the existence of particles that are among the leading candidates for dark matter — into doubt. “I think we’re looking in enough different ways that unless it’s something that we just haven’t thought of at all yet, it seems to me we’re very likely to find it within the next decade,” said Dan Bauer, a physicist at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois.
To be considered dark matter, the potential particles have to be neutral and stable, and will not interact with any other types of matter including galaxies, stars, and planets. These supersymmetric particles may be considered dark matter, but more testing and experiments have to be conducted to verify the findings. Most of the particles discovered may be categorized as heavy particles called weakly interacting massive particles.