Friday, September 23, 2011

Faster!

Sean Carroll weighs in on the speedy neutrinos.

The things you need to know about this result are:

It’s enormously interesting if it’s right.
It’s probably not right.
By the latter point I don’t mean to impugn the abilities or honesty of the experimenters, who are by all accounts top-notch people trying to do something very difficult. It’s just a very difficult experiment, and given that the result is so completely contrary to our expectations, it’s much easier at this point to believe there is a hidden glitch than to take it at face value. All that would instantly change, of course, if it were independently verified by another experiment; at that point the gleeful jumping up and down will justifiably commence.

Sean links to the technical paper which has lots more links.