Meaning that there are rumours going round about stops or scalar tops, not that we should stop spreading rumours. In SUSY theories stops are the lightest sfermions (scalar fermions are bosons not fermions) related to top quarks which are the heaviest leptons and indeed the heaviest particle in the standard model. If stops exist they would help stabilise the Higgs vacuum which could be too unstable if the Higgs mass is around 125 GeV as now expected, but noone has seen one yet and the situation for theorists has been getting a bit desperate because they had expected to see them at the LHC and the so the anti-SUSY bloggers have been poking fun and saying I told you so.
Now rumours have been squarked to the blogotwittersphere via Motl at TRF and Jester of Resonaances that a signal for the stop has been seen in the data. the story so far has been summed up by Cliff Harvey on Google+ so look there for the details. There is a seminar next week that could be relevant to the rumour but Jester’s last tweet says knowingly “Caution: theorists rumoring about stops is fact, but what is now out on blogs is 100% false. Dont jump unless more reliable rumors appear” so what is going on?
Sooner or later someone is going to start a rumour just to catch us out. So is the greatest news story in the history of science about to break or have we been duped by a revengeful experimentalist who saw the next seminar as an opportunity to get back at us for all those earlier leaks on the theory blogs? Is it indeed a slepton or something we should have slept on?
By the way there is an LHCb seminar about to be webcast and they are the only ones with plausible BSM signals so far so let’s slide back to reality and enjoy that, until next week.