Scientists should have discovered proof for nature's fifth power.
Researchers of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory, Illinois, have identified new proof that a sub-atomic particle called the muon, as stated by The New York Times, does not comply with the rule of physics.
Muons are much like electrons but as massive 207 times. They appear to decay very rapidly into neutrinos called electrons and super-light particles.
The team found that the muons wobbled in completely unexpected ways which were not at all anticipated, astonishing researchers, and were exposed by sending them around a 46-foot magnetic ring to Fermilab.
The Fundamental Theory of the interaction of particles developed in the second half of the 20th century, the Standard Model, usually allows these motions to be measured and predicted in extreme detail.
For quantum mechanics, it's a turning point. If confirmed, the findings of the Fermilab tests could rewrite how we interpret the basic laws of physics—at least as we do today.
Renee Fatemi, an experiential experimental physicist at the University of Kentucky and manager, said that — "This quantity which we calculate represents the interaction of the muon with everything else in the universe. However, if the theorists use all of the known forces and particles of the Standard model to measure the same amount, we do not have the same response."
"This is clear proof of the sensitivity of the muon to something not in our best hypothesis," — Fatemi said.
This leaves the big question: what kind of force does the muon wobble in reality? Researchers propose that there could be origins of matter and energy which have yet to be understood and not clarified by the Standard Model — a fifth fundamental nature strength to be applied to gravity, electromagnetism, and strong and weak nuclei interaction.
The recent studies in Physical Review Letters support the earlier testing findings at the Brookhaven National Laboratory back in 2001. These results are available in a number of papers submitted to the journal.
Fermilab scientist Chris Polly who worked on both experiments, says in the quote, "after the 20 years that have passed since the Brookhaven experiment ended, it's so nice to finally solve the mystery."
Fermilab's latest measuring measures are also likely to be incorrect: one in 40 thousand chances to be accurate. That means as the Times points out, scientists cannot officially declare it as a discovery according to physical norms.
Source- Voice of America
Polly has also said that only less than 6 percent of the Fermilab experimental data obtained so far have been analyzed. "These findings show us that there is a fascinating difference to the Standard Model, but in the next few years we will learn a lot more," he said.
But worldwide physicists are excited. "It's really exciting, clearly, because this is theoretically a future that we've not been able to see with new physics rules, new particles, and new forces," the UK experiment leader Mark Lancaster, the researcher from the University of Manchester told the BBC.
Ben Allanach, a researcher at the University of Cambridge and not interested in experiments, is very happy to see the findings. He told the British broadcaster, "My Spidey's sense is tingling and telling me it will be real.
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