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Keyword: extradimensions

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  • Is dark energy lurking in hidden spatial dimensions?

    07/16/2007 12:26:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies · 565+ views
    New Scientist ^ | Monday, July 16, 2007 | Stephen Battersby
    The mysterious cosmic presence called dark energy, which is accelerating the expansion of the universe, might be lurking in hidden dimensions of space. The idea would explain how these dimensions remain stable - a big problem for the unified scheme of physics called string theory... quantum vibrations in the vacuum of space (called vacuum energy or the cosmological constant) that could produce repulsive gravity... should either possess a ridiculously high energy density - 122 orders of magnitude larger than are observed - or cancel out to exactly zero. To make them almost-but-not-quite cancel, in agreement with astronomical observations, means fudging...
  • South Pole Detector Could Yield Signs of Extra Dimensions

    02/15/2006 9:30:32 PM PST · by Marius3188 · 67 replies · 1,527+ views
    Northeastern University ^ | 26 Jan 2006 | Newswise
    Newswise — Researchers at Northeastern University and the University of California, Irvine say that scientists might soon have evidence for extra dimensions and other exotic predictions of string theory. Early results from a neutrino detector at the South Pole, called AMANDA, show that ghostlike particles from space could serve as probes to a world beyond our familiar three dimensions, the research team says. No more than a dozen high-energy neutrinos have been detected so far. However, the current detection rate and energy range indicate that AMANDA's larger successor, called IceCube, now under construction, could provide the first evidence for string...
  • Supersymmetry and Parallel Dimensions [profile of Harvard physicist Lisa Randall]

    01/12/2006 11:54:38 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 76 replies · 8,388+ views
    The Harvard Crimson ^ | January 6, 2006 | Adrian J. Smith
    Supersymmetry and Parallel Dimensions Harvard Physicst Randall among world’s leading string theorists Published On Friday, January 06, 2006  1:00 AM By ADRIAN J. SMITH Crimson Staff Writer Professor of Physics Lisa Randall ’83, recently named one of Newsweek’s most influential people of 2006, rose to the top with her theories on gravity. (Photo credit: CRIMSON/GLORIA B. HO) Professor of Physics Lisa Randall ’83 saw how strong gravity could be during a climbing fall in New Hampshire two years ago. She was performing a “challenging” move when she took a surprising fall, she says. Instead of stopping the fall, her support...