THE STANDARD MODEL of physics, which describes the quantum world of particles and the stuff that makes them up, is one of the most successful theories in science. Since it was first thought up in the 1960s and 1970s, it has made hundreds of predictions that have been successfully tested – the most recent of which was the discovery of the Higgs boson (the particle representative of the Higgs field, which imbues particles with mass).
Despite its success in the quantum realm, the Standard Model (SM) only explains one part of the Universe – gravity, space and time just don’t fit.
One theory that seeks to integrate SM with the workings of the Universe at large is known as Supersymmetry (or SUSY). SUSY is collection of theories (to be weeded out as evidence – or lack there of – come in) that predicts, for every particle in the SM pantheon, there exists a hidden, super-sized partner.
Physicists are hoping the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will do for Supersymmetry what it did for the Higgs boson