Neutrino, Particle That Travels Faster Than Speed of Light?

Neutrino, Particle That Travels Faster Than Speed of Light?

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Neutrino Faster Than Speed of Light Particle

This will change the Laws of Physics as we know them.

According to the OPERA experiment, conducted in the CERN laboratory in Switzerland, tiny particles called neutrinos are reported to travel faster than the speed of light. A neutrino is an electrically neutral, weakly interacting elementary subatomic particle.

Before this, it is widely assumed that nothing goes faster than the speed of light.

According to Albert Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity, published in 1905, light travels 299,792,458 meters per second (about 700 million miles an hour); the fastest in the entire universe.

But after analyzing the results from 15,000 particles in the OPERA experiment; which sends sprays of neutrinos from CERN in Geneva to the INFN Gran Sasso Laboratory in Italy 454-miles (730-kilometers)away, it seems the neutrinos are crossing the distance at a velocity 20 parts per million faster than the speed of light. By making use of advanced GPS systems and atomic clocks, the researchers were able to determine this speed to an accuracy of less than 10 nanoseconds (.00000001 seconds).

The new OPERA discovery suggests that neutrinos actually surpass the speed of light by 60 nanoseconds over 730 kilometers, which corresponds to 2 parts in 100,000, which exceeds the SN1987A limit by a factor of more than 2,000!

Scientists will conduct more tests in the coming days to confirm this discovery as this will really have serious implications on the way we see things.

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