Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Neutrino cascade.

Of all the desperate attempts to grab citations from the OPERA results, my favourite so far is this one:

Superluminal Neutrinos and Monopoles
Comments: 4 pages

In this letter, we show that superluminal neutrinos announced by OPERA could be explained by the existence of a monopole, which is left behind after the spontaneous symmetry braking (SSB) phase transition of some scalar fields in the universe.

Bless them. There are papers saying "the detectors were dodgy" and papers saying "string theory explains it", one of which is a sensible description, and then there's this, which tries to explain it using the Higgs. It had to happen. Genius. I love it.

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