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The cosmological evolution of the nucleon mass and the electroweak coupling constants

  • X. Calmet
  • H. Fritzsch
Theoretical physics

Abstract.

Starting from astrophysical indications that the fine structure constant might undergo a small cosmological time shift, we discuss the implications of such an effect from the point of view of particle physics. Grand unification implies small time shifts for the nucleon mass, the magnetic moment of the nucleon and the weak coupling constant as well. The relative change of the nucleon mass is about 40 times larger than the relative change of \(\alpha\). Laboratory measurements using very advanced methods in quantum optics might soon reveal small time shifts of the nucleon mass, the magnetic moment of the nucleon and the fine structure constant.

Keywords

Fine Structure Small Time Particle Physic Weak Coupling Laboratory Measurement 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg / Società Italiana di Fisica 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • X. Calmet
    • 1
  • H. Fritzsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Ludwig-Maximilians, Sektion Physik, Theresienstraße 37, 80333 München, Germany DE

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