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Earth-Shattering Discovery: Proton Size

  1. Jan 25, 2013 #1
    sciencemag.org/content/339/6118/417

    How far-reaching are the implications of this? Presumably it could add support to or help disprove certain theories that predict the larger radius as compared to what was found. It's mind boggling, really. I'd have to say this is on par with the discovery of the quantum (ie photoelectric effect, double slit experiment).
     
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  3. Jan 25, 2013 #2

    Drakkith

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    I don't see the big deal with this. Could you elaborate?
     
  4. Jan 25, 2013 #3
    Well QED and QFT aren't my area of expertise, I just found it interesting this hadn't been posted yet.

    What do those theories predict as the radius of the proton? It'd be a good test of their validity.
     
  5. Jan 25, 2013 #4
    I can't decipher the mumbo-jumbo in the abstract. Did they say it was anything other than the 10^-15 m I learned in college?:confused:
     
  6. Jan 25, 2013 #5
    Ok, correction, I saw the Femtometers thing. So its 1.082 femtometers, pretty close to what I learned in high school, where's the fire?
     
  7. Jan 25, 2013 #6
    Well it's actually the charge radius which is a full 5% below previously accepted values, that's the important thing here.
     
  8. Jan 26, 2013 #7

    CWatters

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    Reasonable explanation here..

    http://www.sciencedaily.com/release...twitter&utm_campaign=RenewableEnergyHeadlines

    As i understand it..

    Knowing the size of the proton is important to our understanding of the laws of physics.

    Two different ways of measuring it give different results.

    That's allways interesting because it could be due to the way it's measured or some new physics?

    Anyone care to comment if there are implication for LENR ?
     
  9. Jan 26, 2013 #8

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    It is not. Hate to burst your bubble. It is an important refinement of our understanding, but not to the extent that you are imagining.

    Zz.
     
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