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From Varying Couplings to Fundamental Physics

Proceedings of Symposium 1 of JENAM 2010

  • Carlos Martins
  • Paolo Molaro
Conference proceedings

Part of the Astrophysics and Space Science Proceedings book series (ASSSP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. C. J. A. P. Martins
    Pages 1-8
  3. J. C. Berengut, V. A. Dzuba, V. V. Flambaum, J. A. King, M. G. Kozlov, M. T. Murphy et al.
    Pages 9-16
  4. J. P. Mimoso, F. S. N. Lobo
    Pages 25-34
  5. L. Kraiselburd, M. Miller Bertolami, P. Sisterna, H. Vucetich
    Pages 35-46
  6. E. Garcı́a–Berro, L. G. Althaus, S. Torres, P. Lorén–Aguilar, A. H. Córsico, J. Isern
    Pages 47-57
  7. Silvia Galli, C. J. A. P. Martins, Alessandro Melchiorri, Eloisa Menegoni
    Pages 59-67
  8. Carlos M. Gutiérrez, Martín López-Corredoira
    Pages 69-75
  9. S. A. Levshakov, P. Molaro, M. G. Kozlov, A. V. Lapinov, Ch. Henkel, D. Reimersi et al.
    Pages 103-114
  10. Patrick Petitjean, Ragunathan Srianand, Pasquier Noterdaeme, Cédric Ledoux, Neeraj Gupta
    Pages 115-124
  11. Wim Ubachs, Julija Bagdonaite, Michael T. Murphy, Ruth Buning, Lex Kaper
    Pages 125-137
  12. Paolo Molaro, Jochen Liske
    Pages 147-157
  13. Arturo Mignano, Paolo Molaro, Sergei Levshakov, Miriam Centurión, Giuseppe Maccaferri, Alexander Lapinov
    Pages 159-165
  14. Paolo Molaro, Miriam Centurión, Sergio Monai, Sergei Levshakov
    Pages 167-172

About these proceedings


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.


Atomic clocks Cosmology and astrophysics Fundamental physics Precision spectroscopy Probing fundamental constants Varying fundamental constants

Editors and affiliations

  • Carlos Martins
    • 1
  • Paolo Molaro
    • 2
  1. 1., Centro de AstrofisicaUniversidade do PortoPortoPortugal
  2. 2.INAF-Osservatorio Astronomico di TriesteTriesteItaly

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