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New Experiments Confirm It: Some Particles Move Faster than Light

New Experiments Confirm It: Some Particles Move Faster than Light

In September, a bunch of scientists at CERN claimed that they had found particles that could travel faster than the speed of light. This particles, also known as neutrinos, could travel 730 km in 2.43 milliseconds. This means that these particles travel this distance 60 nanoseconds faster than light does.

Since these groundbreaking results proved even Einstein wrong, the scientific world immediately called for new experiments to reconfirm the conclusions. These experiments were conducted by the The OPERA Collaboration. And yet again, the particles arrived 60 nanoseconds sooner than expected. Considering that the margin of error was ten nanoseconds, the neutrinos are definitely faster than light, this new study suggests.

Although the researchers have done what their colleagues have asked them – more research – we haven’t seen the last of neutrino gate yet. The sheer existence of neutrinos means a paradigmatic shift within the field of quantum physics, and is therefore not accepted easily. Some scientists remain critical, such as Carlo Contaldi, who just published a paper in which he refutes the conclusions. More experiments are therefore planned to reconfirm (or disprove) the found results.

Carlo R. Contaldi (2011). The OPERA neutrino velocity result and the synchronisation of clocks ARXIV arXiv: 1109.6160v2

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