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October 15, 2011 5:09 AM Subscribe
Faster-than-Light Neutrino Puzzle Claimed Solved by Special Relativity
posted by DRMacIver (13 comments total)
). When the results about faster than light neutrinos initially came out the attitude was very much "We think there's a mistake here. We can't find it. Lend a hand, guys". Someone seems to have come up with a plausible explanation that doesn't require any new physics.
The claim is as follows: The GPS satellites used to calibrate the two atomic clocks used to time the experiment are moving at high speeds, and thus subject to significant effects from special relativity. This puts the clocks slightly out of sync - enough to account for the discrepancy.
It still needs fact checking and peer review, but if correct would be a pleasantly mundane explanation for the mystery.
(previously on metafilter
This post was deleted for the following reason: This seems like one of many circulating theories, but not a definitive "Answer Has Been Found!" so I think this can go into the open thread, at least for now. -- taz