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Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant

September 5th, 2010 09:56 admin Leave a comment Go to comments

Kilrah_il writes The fine-structure constant, a coupling constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, has been measure lately by scientist from University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has been found to change slightly in light sent from quasars in galaxies as far back as 12 billion years ago. Although the results look promising, caution is advised: ‘This would be sensational if it were real, but I’m still not completely convinced that it’s not simply systematic errors’ in the data, comments cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT. Craig Hogan of the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., acknowledges that ‘it’s a competent team and a thorough analysis.’ But because the work has such profound implications for physics and requires such a high level of precision measurements, ‘it needs more proof before we’ll believe it.’”

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