A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics - Deepstash

The particle célèbre is the muon, which is akin to an electron but far heavier, and is an integral element of the cosmos. Dr. Polly and his colleagues — an international team of 200 physicists from...

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A Tiny Particle’s Wobble Could Upend the Known Laws of Physics

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A fluke ?

The measurements have about one chance in 40,000 of being a fluke, the scientists reported, well short of the gold standard needed to claim an official discovery by physics standards. Promising sig...

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It might also lead in time to explanations for the kinds of cosmic mysteries that have long preoccupied our lonely species.

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Muons are an unlikely particle to hold center stage in physics. Sometimes called “fat electrons,” they resemble the familiar elementary particles that power our batteries, lights and computers and ...

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But they are 207 times as massive as their better-known cousins. They are also unstable, decaying radioactively into electrons and super-lightweight particles called neutrinos in 2.2 millionths of ...

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Muons owe their current fame to a quirk of quantum mechanics, the nonintuitive rules that underlie the atomic realm. Among other things, quantum theory holds that

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This entourage influences the behavior of existing particles, including a property of the muon called its magnetic moment, represented in equations by a factor called g. According to a formula deri...

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Meanwhile, in 2020, a group of 170 experts known as the Muon g-2 Theory Initiative published

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The team had to accommodate another wrinkle. To avoid human bias — and to prevent any fudging — the experimenters engaged in a practice, called blinding, that is common to big experiments. In this ...

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