The man who oversaw the news that has been shaking up the physics community since a few months back has resigned! Prof. Antonio Ereditato, the man who headed the OPERA experiment, when it announced the faster-than-light neutrino speeds result has quit his job. This comes after a series of setbacks for the original results.
The Unfortunate Part of Science
This is the unfortunate part of physics experiment. The claims were outrageous – flying in the face of a hundred years of physics. At worst, people have ridiculed the experiment and at best, they have had a smirk and a chuckle when they spoke about it. Now, the heads have started rolling.
To give full credit to the experimenters in the collaboration, they were extremely cautious about announcing the results. They did make reruns, but found consistent effects. They searched for errors, but couldn’t find any. That errors were pointed out by the OPERA group itself a few days back, shows the integrity that the group actually showed.
Also, the group didn’t jump the gun and, in fact, came to no physical conclusion at all! Prof. Ereditato always emphasised the need for “words of caution”, since the results would have “potentially great impact on physics”. But, apparently, there have been voices of discontent from within the OPERA collaboration.
The results have all been debunked now, with the Icarus results being the final nail in the coffin. Icarus couldn’t reproduce the faster-than-light effects.
Sandro Centro, spokesperson for the Icarus collaboration, based in the same Gran Sasso lab as the OPERA collaboration, says:
Now we are 100% sure that the speed of neutrinos is the speed of light.
As long as humans do physics, there will be such incidents. Human thoughts are not just scientific and we all know that. The big bad world exists outside – and science just cannot keep that out, no matter how much it tries.