It may sound like something from science fiction films such as Event Horizon, Ant-Man or Interstellar, but this is indeed real, ground-breaking news.
Scientists believe that they have identified an alternate field of existence present that runs concurrently to our Universe: one which they are calling 'The Fifth Dimension.'
Furthermore, they believe that we may be able to access this mysterious plane in the future by studying a unique type of particle.
The research gathered so far suggests that this particle could provide an explanation for dark matter: a theoretical form of energy that is thought to account for most of the universe’s 'empty' mass.
Speaking to VICE magazine, the research team said: 'We found that the new scalar field had an interesting, non-trivial behaviour along the extra dimension.'
'If this heavy particle exists, it would necessarily connect the visible matter that we know and that we have studied in detail with the constituents of dark matter, assuming the dark matter is composed out of fundamental fermions, which live in the extra dimension.'
Over the years, scientists have determined four dimensions: three involving space (up and down, left and right, back and forth) and one for time.
However, the research team stressed that they still need to figure out if there actually is such a particle that would allow them access to this 'Fifth Dimension', and if it does, how to properly detect and study it - likely through the use of a future Hadron collider.
This hasn't dissuaded the team though, who added that the discovery of such a particle 'could play an important role in the cosmological history of the universe.'
The findings of the research were recently published in The European Physical Journal C.
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