Science: Faster-than-light Experiment Goes Again

Neutrinos were fired from Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

Neutrinos were fired from Cern, home of the Large Hadron Collider.

The scientists who previously announced that sub-atomic particles may be able to travel faster than light are set to rerun their experiments again, with moderate tweaking.

The new experiements will address criticism to their original findings and give the scientists more data to work with before their theory is submitted for publication.

Huge implications

It is absolutely necessary for the scientists to do their due diligence and “not fool around” with this experiment because of its staggering implications. By repeating the experiment again, they are trying to see if more “ordinary” factors may have caused the results to seem groundbreaking.

This is because modern physics regards the speed of light as the absolute limit in how fast an object can travel. Moreover, much of the rules of modern physics are based on the idea that nothing can move faster than light.

In the experiment that was done lost month, neutrinos were sent through the ground from Cern in Geneva to the Gran Sasso laboratory in Italy, 732 km away. The neutrinos seemed to show up a fraction of a second earlier than light would have.

‘Systematic Error’

Many scientists feel that the explanation for these astounding findings is some “systematic error” that scientists have not been able to catch.

Since the faster-than-light neutrinos were announced in September, more than 80 scientific papers have been posted proposing theoretical solutions to the observations.

Many find that it is much more likely that a tiny error, as opposed to overturning the principles of modern physics, are to blame for the results.

However, scientists in charge of the new experiment hope that its tweaked terms will give it more validation in the scientific community, if the neutrinos prove to move faster than light again.

In the newest experiment, neutrinos will be sent in short bursts, with a large gap between each burst. This makes the system more efficient and allows for unambiguous data documentation.

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