What Happens When Things Go Near the Speed
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(A note about the computer-simulated data) Our calculations (purple) were based on D
= vt. The data show that as velocity increases the decay length
increases, but the increase is larger than we expected! Obviously, our
calculated points do match the Fermilab data. In addition, the red data
points do not fit any obvious curve. They form neither a line nor a
parabola nor an inverse.
Disagreements this far from expectation and this
appearance bear further investigation. Why do faster moving particles
go even farther than you expect? Do particles live longer if they are moving
What's going on?
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Last Updated: February 9, 2000