# what is universality (with respect to SUSY and neutral kaon oscillations)?

I'm having trouble putting the pieces together. In SM, neutral kaon oscillation is heavily constrained. This means, roughly, that the squark mass matrices have to be diagonal. And this is called universality of soft parameters.

What exactly is universality and why do we have universality in this situation? Furthermore, is having diagonal squark mass matrices sufficient? In a lot of SUSY theories, they go one step further and assume the scalar masses are the same for the first and second generations (pMSSM for instance). Why is this additional step necessary?

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