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RE: Hunting for leptoquarks at CERN's Large Hadron Collider

in StemSocial9 months ago

Thanks a lot for your wishes! I had a very nice (offline) evening yesterday with the family, to celebrate a new multiple of ten ;)

What you summarised in your message is correct. Anomalies, as well as conceptual issues and limitations of the Standard Model point that something else should be around, not too far from the current frontier of knowledge. Concerning leptoquarks, let's say that other options for physics beyond the Standard Model are quite appealing too. For now, it is impossible to say that one is better than another (preferences are only a matter of taste). My approach here is to be as open as possible and study all possibilities (which also guarantee to learn as many new things as possible).

Regarding precision, one thing that is inherent to high-energy physics is that we have error bars both on measurements (as for any measurement in fact) and on theory calculations. Therefore, it is important to make progress on both sides so that both error bars could be reduced as much as possible. Having a super precise measurement for which there is no as precise theoretical prediction is useless as we would not be able to tell whether there is an agreement or a disagreement. And vice versa, having precise predictions but only approximate measurements won't help.

Cheers, and have a great day!