CERN scientists have recorded sub-atomic particles travelling faster than light. This inturn could change the fundamental law of physics such as one of Einstein’s long-accepted special relativity theory (popularly know as E=mc² ).
“This thing is so important many of the normal scientific rivalries fall by the wayside,” said Plunkett, a spokesman for the Fermilab team’s experiments. “Everybody is going to be looking at every piece of information.”
Antonio Ereditato, spokesman for the team of researchers, told Reuters “We have high confidence in our results. We have checked and rechecked for anything that could have distorted our measurements but we found nothing,” he said. “We now want colleagues to check them independently.”
Einstein’s theory is one of the key elements of the so-called Standard Model of physics, which attempts to describe the way the universe and everything in it works, so if confirmed the finding will fundamentally change our understanding of how the world works, physicists said.
Team of physicists worked on an experiment called OPERA which was run by the CERN particle research centre near Geneva and the Gran Sasso Laboratory in central Italy. 15,000 beams of neutrinos, were fired over a period of 3 years from CERN near Geneva towards Gran Sasso in Italy 730 (500 miles) km away, and were then recorded using giant detectors.
The measurements taken by the team over three years showed that neutrinos pumped from CERN to Gran Sasso had arrived 60 nanoseconds quicker than light would have done.
James Gillies, a spokesman for CERN, explains:
“The feeling that most people have is this can’t be right, this can’t be real. They are inviting the broader physics community to look at what they’ve done and really scrutinize it in great detail and ideally for someone elsewhere in the world to repeat the measurements.”