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Old 19th July 2010, 02:09 PM   #35
Tim Thompson
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Lightbulb String Theory II

Originally Posted by ponderingturtle View Post
I thought that the LHC was supposed to be a hard test of supersymmetry.
I think that is more a function of LHC press releases, or oversimplified popular expositions. It is certainly true that the LHC will provide interpretable evidence for the presence of supersymmetry in the energy range it can probe, but that energy range is necessarily limited by the technology of the device. At this point I think that the range of possible supersymmetric particle masses is more likely to be constrained by observation then by theoretical prediction, since the theory remains fairly undetermined in many ways.
The point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to seem worth stating, and to end with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. -- Bertrand Russell
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