The church of SM physics

  • Alan Smith another good example is the Ukrainian Academy of Science. It was headed by Borys Paton until his death at the age of 101. He was an expert in welding . There is a bridge in the capital named after him he also had his own research institute etc. was tired of success. One episode I know for sure that the institute failed to get German welding machine to weld big pipe seams well enough so the Sovites had to keep paying Germans for the service.

  • I like the nert particle theory

    inert in space ready to take a flip to positive or a negative

    Seems integration would need to be more like a surfboard to the nert to change them but maybe its possible to ride on them.

  • Quantum computing’s reproducibility crisis: Majorana fermions

    The controversy over Majorana particles is eroding confidence in the field. More accountability and openness are needed — from authors, reviewers and journal editors.

    A shadow has fallen over the race to detect a new type of quantum particle, the Majorana fermion, that could power quantum computers. As someone who works in this area, I’ve become concerned that, after a series of false starts, a significant fraction of the Majorana field is fooling itself. Several key experiments claiming to have detected Majorana particles, initially considered as breakthroughs, have not been confirmed. One recent case ended in a high-profile retraction from Nature (see Nature 591, 354–355; 2021), which I initiated with my colleague Vincent Mourik, a physicist at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. We raised concerns after obtaining additional data from the original experiments that were not included with the published paper.;…39373-23f7b64b97-44567417

  • The confirmation bias that obscures or deletes nonconfirmatory data and alternative explanations is not only a problem with the socalled Majorana particles..

    but is pervasive in nuclear physics and is particularly acute with ITER

    The author's request for open data is as commendable.. but idealistic.


    Open data. Scientists should disclose all data in a repository and comply with sharing standards, such as FAIR (findability, accessibility, interoperability and reusability)15.

    Some curation is unavoidable. The volume of data collected in a modern physics laboratory is high: computer scripts control the equipment, which might run 24 hours a day. A remedy is to clearly explain the protocol that is used to perform any data selection — so others might reuse or scrutinize it. Remember, data selection is a form of data processing.

    Reform retractions to make them more transparent

    Journals, funders (including corporations), research labs and universities should demand such open data practices, as they do in clinical trials, genomics, Earth sciences and a handful of other disciplines

  • There are two ways to start a story about the axion. One is to explain that this hypothetical particle could be the key to a major problem in the Standard Model of particle physics, which describes all of the known fundamental particles. The beauty of the axion is that there is a second, equally significant beginning to its story. We now suspect the axion may also be the answer to one of the most important questions—if not the most important question—in all of particle physics and astronomy: What is dark matter?


  • Phiala Shanahan .. an australian at MIT.. lost in the latticework..

    TM 14:43 so here for example is the proton neutron mass difference

    as measured in experiment and is calculated in the lattice qcd

    and qed calculation and of course

    the experimental measurement is more precise for the proton neutron mass

    but what the theory calculation gives you as well as a nice verifications really you can see how that small

    mass difference of course so important for the stability of of the proton and of nuclei

    Reality check about the "more precise" n-p mass diff.

    The precision of lattice QCD is 28% ,,i.e 1.5 significant digits ..

    while the exptal precision is something like 10 digits worth..

    the QCD calculations will not get much more precise in Phiala's lifetime..

    and the p-n mass splitting will not be reproduced down to 10 significant digits

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