Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
  2. Savely G. Karshenboim, Ekkehard Peik
    Pages 1-18
  3. Gerhard Börner
    Pages 21-32
  4. Jeff Flowers, Brian Petley
    Pages 75-93
  5. Claus Kiefer
    Pages 115-127
  6. Michael T. Murphy, Victor V. Flambaum, John K. Webb, Vladimir V. Dzuba, Jason X. Prochaska, Arthur M. Wolfe
    Pages 131-150
  7. S. Bize, P. Wolf, M. Abgrall, L. Cacciapuoti, A. Clairon, J. Grünert et al.
    Pages 189-207
  8. M. Fischer, N. Kolachevsky, M. Zimmermann, R. Holzwarth, Th. Udem, T.W. Hänsch et al.
    Pages 209-227
  9. Fritz Riehle, Carsten Degenhardt, Christian Lisdat, Guido Wilpers, Harald Schnatz, Tomas Binnewies et al.
    Pages 229-244
  10. Christian Tamm, Tobias Schneider, Ekkehard Peik
    Pages 247-261
  11. Petrissa Eckle, Mario Eichenseer, Alexander Y. Nevsky, Christian Schwedes, Joachim von Zanthier, Herbert Walther
    Pages 263-272
  12. Jun Ye, R. Jason Jones, Lisheng Chen, Kevin W. Holman, David J. Jones
    Pages 275-295
  13. U. Fröhlich, B. Roth, P. Antonini, C. Lämmerzahl, A. Wicht, S. Schiller
    Pages 297-307
  14. Slava G. Turyshev, James G. Williams, Kenneth Nordtvedt Jr., Michael Shao, Thomas W. Murphy Jr.
    Pages 311-330
  15. Lute Maleki, John Prestage
    Pages 331-341
  16. Back Matter

About this book


In 1937 the question of a possible temporal variation of the fundamental constants was raised by Paul Dirac in his "large number hypothesis." Today it appears in the context of the search for a unified theory of the fundamental interactions. It touches both fundamental and applied physics, as the postulated unalterability of the constants is the foundation for modern metrology. The book presents reviews written by leading experts in the field. Focussing on the question of variations of the fundamental "constants" in time or space, the chapters cover the theoretical framework in which variations are expected and the search for variations of quantities such as the fine-structure constant, the electron/proton mass ratio, g-factors of proton and neutron etc. in astrophysical and geophysical observations and in precision experiments with atomic clocks and frequency standards.


Applied Physics Atomic clocks Experiment Fundamental constants and metrology Gravity Neutron Normal Precision spectroscopy of atoms and molecules Universe astrophysics measurement metrology sensor sensors spectroscopy

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin/Heidelberg 2004
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-21967-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-540-40991-5
  • Series Print ISSN 0075-8450
  • Series Online ISSN 1616-6361
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