QuAD constrains parity violation on a cosmic scale

22/04/2009

QuAD is a collaboration that involves several institutions that aims to measure polarization of photons of the Cosmic Microwave Background radiation that is the relic radiation that started to freely propagating in the universe 400000 years after big bang. QuAD aerialThis radiation is a precious source of information for a deeper understanding of the birth of our universe and a fundamental test-bed for our theories. This collaboration proved that our “standard model” of the universe again agrees with their measurement about polarization of this radiation. But, from these data, physicists are able to get something more. In a paper appeared in the last number of PRL (see here and here), they showed that electrodynamic forces are proved to not violate parity on a cosmic scale and, last but not least, interactions that violate Lorentz invariance are strongly constrained.

I should say that this is an important conclusion to be drawn from an elegant experiment and an unexpected source.

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