Varying Constants, Nuclear Physics and Unification

  • Malcolm Fairbairn


Precision measurements of gauge couplings at particle accelerators strongly suggest that the standard model fields are unified at about 1016 GeV. This talk will consist of a brief review of this evidence and also how in such a setting variations in α em lead to much larger variations in Λ QCD . I will then describe how variations in the strong force will impact upon nuclear astrophysics, considering in particular the stability of di-nucleons and stellar and primordial nucleosynthesis. (Based upon collaborations with T. Dent and with A. Csoto, H. Oberhummer and H. Schlattl.)


Higgs Boson Gauge Coupling Grand Unify Theory Charm Quark Gauge Field Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Malcolm Fairbairn
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  1. 1.Université Libre de BruxellesBelgium

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