supersymmetry

Supersymmetry, or SUSY, is a proposed extension to the Standard Model that arose in the context of the search for a viable theory of quantum gravity. SUSY requires that every particle have a corresponding superpartner with a spin that differs by 1/2. While no superpartner particles have yet been detected, SUSY is favored by many theorists because it is required by string theory and addresses other outstanding problems in physics. For example, the lightest superpartner particle could comprise a significant portion of the dark matter.