Well, it seems I was wrong about that one. The excess may disappear next year, but that seems extremely unlikely. Then again, Strassler and others, who actually understand operations at CERN, remain skeptical that any conclusions can be drawn at this point. Is it an SM or MSSM fairy?
As reported on many blogs, both CMS and ATLAS report a significant excess at $125$ GeV. ATLAS claim a whopping $3.6$ sigma, but the CMS excess is much smaller. Until further data is analysed, the result remains inconclusive, but it certainly looks real, even if the number of events is rather small. The excess is seen in two channels, and strangely exhibits a cross section much larger than a fairy field would. This is considered a lucky fluke, which it probably is.
Congratulations to both teams for the most outstanding work and for showing us the way forward.
6 years ago