Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings

From Varying Couplings to Fundamental Physics

Proceedings of Symposium 1 of JENAM 2010

Editors: Martins, Carlos, Molaro, Paolo (Eds.)

  • - Presents state-of-the-art in fundamental constants studies.
  • - Points to key developments anticipated for the coming years.
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Nature is characterized by a number of physical laws and fundamental dimensionless couplings. These determine the  properties of our physical universe, from the size of atoms, cells and mountains to the ultimate fate of the universe as a whole. Yet it is rather remarkable how little we know about them. The constancy of physical laws is one of the cornerstones of the scientific research method, but for fundamental couplings this is an assumption with no other justification  than a historical assumption. There is no 'theory of constants' describing their role in the underlying theories and how they relate to one another or how many  of them are truly fundamental. 

Studying the behaviour of these quantities throughout the history of the universe is an effective way to probe fundamental physics. This explains why the ESA and ESO include varying fundamental constants among their key science drivers for the next generation of facilities. This symposium discussed the state-of-the-art in the field, as well as the key developments anticipated for the coming years.

Table of contents (17 chapters)

  • Astrophysical Probes of Fundamental Physics

    Martins, C. J. A. P.

    Pages 1-8

  • Atomic Transition Frequencies, Isotope Shifts, and Sensitivity to Variation of the Fine Structure Constant for Studies of Quasar Absorption Spectra

    Berengut, J. C. (et al.)

    Pages 9-16

  • String Theory, Dark Energy and Varying Couplings

    Zagermann, Marco

    Pages 17-24

  • The Variation of G in a Negatively Curved Space-Time

    Mimoso, J. P. (et al.)

    Pages 25-34

  • Beyond Bekenstein’s Theory

    Kraiselburd, L. (et al.)

    Pages 35-46

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
From Varying Couplings to Fundamental Physics
Book Subtitle
Proceedings of Symposium 1 of JENAM 2010
Editors
  • Carlos Martins
  • Paolo Molaro
Series Title
Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-19397-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-19397-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-19396-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-26849-6
Series ISSN
1570-6591
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 172
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