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Tighter Constraints on Varying Constants

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New laboratory measurements will strengthen RTB’s cosmic creation model by providing tighter constraints on variability in the fine-structure constant. RTB’s biblical creation model argues for constant laws of physics (Jeremiah 33:25—“the fixed laws of heaven and earth”) throughout the history of the universe. Scientists can investigate this constancy by measuring the fine-structure constant in distant quasars (where measurements provide information from billions of years ago) to search for differences from the value measured in the laboratory. Accurate laboratory determinations of the spectral lines used to study the quasars are needed to detect any possible differences. Otherwise, systematic effects that either mask or falsely generate differences are introduced. Laboratory experiments by a team of astrophysicists significantly reduce the uncertainty in the spectral lines previously used and provide new spectral lines to use in future studies of distant quasars. RTB’s creation model predicts these future studies will provide increasing evidence that the laws of physics are indeed constant.

o   M. Aldenius, S. Johansson, and M.T. Murphy, “Accurate Laboratory Ultraviolet Wavelengths for Quasar Absorption-line Constraints on Varying Fundamental Constants,” Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society 370 (2006): 444-52.


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Subjects: Constants of Physics

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