Experimental Prospects


All of the above makes a very suggestive case for SUSY. It is also very exciting because the mass range that is predicted is just what the new generation of particle accelerators is beginning to explore.
Regrettably, the American superconducting supercollider project (SSC) was cancelled, but a European accelerator called the large hadron collider (LHC) will begin operating at a lab in Geneva, Switzerland (called CERN) around 2005. Its energy will be about 8000 GeV per beam, whereas the SSC energy would have been 20,000 GeV per beam.
In my opinion, The LHC energy is high enough so that if it does not find supersymmetry after a few years of operation, we can safely conclude that it does not exist in the vicinity of the electroweak scale.
If the LHC (or another machine) does find SUSY, on the other hand, this would be one of the most profound achievements in the history of humankind. It would be more profound, in my opinion, than the discovery of life on Mars, for example.


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