Scientists in Chicago may be on the verge of discovering a new force of nature. This was reported by BBC with reference to the Enrico Fermilab National Accelerator Laboratory.
According to the researchers, they have found new evidence that subatomic particles called muons do not behave as predicted by the current theory of subatomic physics. Therefore, they believe that muons may be affected by an unknown force.
In an experiment called “g minus two (g-2),” scientists accelerated muons around a 15-meter-diameter ring, where they circled about 1,000 times at nearly the speed of light. The researchers found that they can behave in ways that the current theory, called the Standard Model, cannot explain because of the influence of a new force of nature.
Although the evidence is compelling, the Fermilab team does not yet have definitive confirmation. More data is needed, but if the theory proves true, it could mark the beginning of a revolution in physics.
As you know, all of the forces that people encounter on a daily basis can now be grouped into four categories: gravity, electromagnetism, and strong and weak attraction. These four fundamental forces govern how all objects and particles in the universe interact with each other.