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[Phys-l] Evidence for spatial variation of the fine structure constant

The confidence level of these findings is still too low to be accepted
with any confidence. However, as pointed our by Hawking, spatial variation in
the fundamental constants of nature is a signature of M theory, and M.
Theory compactfication. These results show a variation in time AND space of
the fine structure constant. That is from any co moving point, a rotation is
space would find different values of alpha for any given light sheet. The
Universe based on these results is a dipole with regard to the value of the
fine structure constant.

Bob Zannelli

Evidence for spatial variation of the fine structure constant
Authors: _J. K. Webb_
( , _J. A. King_
( , _M. T. Murphy_
( , _V. V. Flambaum_
( , _R. F. Carswell_
( , _M. B. Bainbridge_
(Submitted on 23 Aug 2010)

Abstract: We previously reported observations of quasar spectra from the
Keck telescope suggesting a smaller value of the fine structure constant,
alpha, at high redshift. A new sample of 153 measurements from the ESO Very
Large Telescope (VLT), probing a different direction in the universe, also
depends on redshift, but in the opposite sense, that is, alpha appears on
average to be larger in the past. The combined dataset is well represented by
a spatial dipole, significant at the 4.1 sigma level, in the direction
right ascension 17.3 +/- 0.6 hours, declination -61 +/- 9 degrees. A detailed
analysis for systematics, using observations duplicated at both telescopes,
reveals none which are likely to emulate this result.