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Error Undoes Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by CreamyBone, Feb 27, 2012.

  1. CreamyBone

    CreamyBone SFN Supporter

    Error Undoes Faster-Than-Light Neutrino Results

    According to sources familiar with the experiment, the 60 nanoseconds discrepancy appears to
    come from a bad connection between a fiber optic cable that connects to the GPS receiver used
    to correct the timing of the neutrinos' flight and an electronic card in a computer. After tightening
    the connection and then measuring the time it takes data to travel the length of the fiber,
    researchers found that the data arrive 60 nanoseconds earlier than assumed. Since this time is
    subtracted from the overall time of flight, it appears to explain the early arrival of the neutrinos.
    New data, however, will be needed to confirm this hypothesis.

    More: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/02/breaking-news-error-undoes-faster.html

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    It's still not fully been ruled out, there is a remaining shred of hope.

    This story: http://news.sciencemag.org/scienceinsider/2012/02/official-word-on-superluminal-ne.html

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  2. CreamyBone

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  3. Captainqueeg

    Captainqueeg SFN Gold Supporter

    I assumed it had to be an error from the start. I think 99% of physicists did the same.
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  6. Captainqueeg

    Captainqueeg SFN Gold Supporter

    Cool picture.
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