One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A hypothetical subatomic particle predicted by supersymmetry, which is the boson equivalent of a known fermion.‘every baryonic particle should have a supersymmetric twin: a sparticle’
- ‘The reason physicists haven't yet observed sparticles might be because they are so much heavier than their normal sister particles, so they decay far too quickly.’
- ‘"These are called sparticles - super particles - which make up, we think, dark matter, which in turn makes up 10 times more matter than ordinary matter."’
- ‘Should these "sparticles" exist, perhaps they might explain the existence of dark matter that we know pervades the entire Universe, but have little idea what it is.’
- ‘Top among all of these theories was always supersymmetry, the idea that every known elementary particle has one or more heavier partners, known as sparticles.’
1990s: from s, representing superpartner, + particle.
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