Monday, December 18, 2006

The "Oh My God" Particle

UPDATE: Thank you John Larue of Radio Open Source for quoting yours truly and Robert Kirshner on "dark energy." The heretical idea the DE doesn't exist is getting more and more supporters. Gebar's Visual Physics is an eagerly awaited addition to the blogroll. David Chandler's Space Places and Cosmic Views offers many intriguing links to Space news.

During the early 1990's American particle physicists were lobbying for a Superconducting Supercollider. The SSC would accelerate protons to energies of 20 TeV in search of the legendary Higgs Boson, which Leon Lederer dubbed "The God Particle." Why go to the trouble of making something when you can steal it? At the same time the University of Utah was operating a cosmic ray detector called Fly's Eye. On the night of October 15, 1991 it detected a proton with energy of 320 MILLION TeV. This was dubbed the "Oh My God" particle.

This energy was far higher than any particle thought to exist, exceeding the Greisen-Kuzmin-Zatsepin (GZK) limit. It appeared to conflict with Special Relativity. (Where have we heard that before?) Since then over 100 such particles have been discovered, coming from no particular region of Space. Fly's Eye is operated by a collaboration including University of Adelaide.

Prediction: There is no such thing as a GZK limit. Because the speed of light was once much higher, distant cosmic rays can almost any energy.

6 Comments:

Blogger Gebar said...

Hi Louise,

Thanks for your interest. The project took more time time than I hoped, but I think that during the weekend, or next week at the latest, I will be able to launch the site. You will be the first to know.

2:36 PM  
Blogger L. Riofrio said...

I'll look forward to it. Best wishes to your theories, and a happy Christmas too!

9:20 AM  
Anonymous ttyler5 said...

LR, very very interesting!

I am taking time over the Holidays to look into this entire subject of DE as a Science Myth, and I am certain this blog will be a most useful guide!

I am very very interested in your viewpoint ---

5:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe these protons are being pitched by a cosmic Randy Johnson. If you're a pigeon, don't get in the way of one of these subatomic fastballs!

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