In particle physics
, the crypton
is a hypothetical superheavy particle, thought to exist in a hidden sector of string theory
. It has been proposed as a candidate particle to explain the dark matter
content of the universe
. Cryptons arising in the hidden sector of a superstring
-derived flipped SU(5) GUT
model have been shown to be metastable with a lifetime exceeding the age of the universe. Their slow decays may provide a source for the Ultra-high-energy cosmic rays
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