Category Archives: fundamental particle physics

Crunch-time over Higgs

The ATLAS group at CERN claims to see a ‘hint’ of Higgs in their event statistics around energies of 125 GeV. As fields and particles are viewed as complementary, why does the Higgs Field get little mention. Does the term … Continue reading

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Peroration on the Fiction of Nothing

The Guest Editorial by Brian Greene in New Scientist is a pretentious peroration in favour of ‘nothing’ – of beliefs that space is empty – and shows the poverty of reductionist physics. He’s wrong that Isaac Newton saw space as empty, … Continue reading

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Why not use ns-pulses before Faster-than-Light claim?

New FtL experiment to use nanosecond pulses The previous experiment with microsecond pulses (1000ns) that measured the average delay time at ~60ns was very dependent on the statistical analysis and sensitive to detection bias (later detections being slightly less probable than … Continue reading

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Neutrinos do Cherenkov, don’t they?

CERN theorists seem baffled, but it’s no surprise that standard physics predicts supraluminal (FtL) neutrinos to slow down via Cherenkov radiation analogous to FtL charged particles, although Cohen & Glashow call it bremstrahlung of electron-positron pairs. Cherenkov radiation is best depicted by analogy with … Continue reading

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Faster-than-Light neutrinos do Crash our Cornerstone

Do we laugh – physicists are often making grandiose claims of fundamental discoveries ?  Or talk it down as the normal progress of science, stretching the boundaries to establish a more comprehensive theory? Revolutionary theories build on one another, says … Continue reading

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Supersymmetry = pseudoscience – put ‘on the spot’

LHC results put supersymmetry theory ‘on the spot’  – Pallab Ghosh – BBC 27 August 2011 Researchers failed to find evidence of so-called “supersymmetric” particles, which many physicists had hoped would plug holes in the current theory. Theorists admit they may have … Continue reading

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Failure of principle in New Scientist welcome to Smolin’s Phase Space

New Scientist writer, Amanda Gefter is in deep trouble, endorsing a ‘theory’  in which observers can’t agree on measurements made in space-time. It breaches the fundamental principle of a universe independent of observers. Secondly it breaches causality – space and … Continue reading

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