The European Physical Journal Special Topics

, Volume 163, Issue 1, pp 159–171 | Cite as

Variation of fundamental constants in space and time: Theory and observations

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Abstract

Review of recent works devoted to the temporal and spatialvariation of the fundamental constants and dependence of the fundamentalconstants on the gravitational potential (violation of local position invariance) is presented. We discuss the variation of the fine structure constant α=e2/ħc, strong interaction andfundamental masses (Higgs vacuum), e.g. the electron-to-proton mass ratioμ=me/Mp or Xe=meQCD and Xq=mqQCD.We also present new results from Big Bang nucleosynthesisand Oklo natural nuclear reactor data and propose new measurements of enhanced effects in atoms, nuclei and molecules, both in quasar and laboratory spectra.

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European Physical Journal Special Topic Fundamental Constant Atomic Clock Feshbach Resonance Rotational Interval 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Physics, University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia
  2. 2.Institute for Advanced Study, Massey University (Albany Campus)North Shore MSC AucklandNew Zealand

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