Subatomic particles break the speed limit

Posted on September 22, 2011


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Puzzling results from Cern, home of the LHC, have confounded physicists – because it appears subatomic particles have exceeded the speed of light.

Neutrinos sent through the ground from Cern toward the Gran Sasso laboratory 732km away seemed to show up a few billionths of a second early.

The results will soon be online to draw closer scrutiny to a result that, if true, would upend a century of physics.

The lab’s research director called it “an apparently unbelievable result”.

The speed of light is the Universe’s ultimate speed limit, and the entirety of modern physics – as laid out in part by Albert Einstein in his theory of relativity – depends on the idea that nothing can exceed it.

Thousands of experiments have been undertaken to measure it ever more precisely, and no result has ever spotted a particle breaking the limit.

via BBC News – Speed-of-light experiments yield baffling result at LHC.

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