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Evaluation of the OPERA Collaboration and the Faster than Light Neutrino Anomaly

Rubbens, Peter (2014) Evaluation of the OPERA Collaboration and the Faster than Light Neutrino Anomaly. [Preprint]

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Abstract

On 22 September 2011 the OPERA collaboration published a paper
which communicated their results concerning the measurement of the neutrino
velocity, which appeared to have exceeded the speed of light. If confirmed, this
would imply a huge anomaly for the theory of relativity and physics in general.
It took until July 2012 for the OPERA collaboration to figure out this was
due to an internal error in the experimental set-up. It made spokesperson
Antonio Ereditato and physics coordinator Dario Autiero eventually resign.
In the meanwhile there was a lot of attention from both scientists as the
media, however the OPERA collaboration is yet to be properly evaluated. This
paper aims at evaluating the scientific practice of the OPERA collaboration
by considering the following two questions. How did the OPERA collaboration
address this apparent anomaly and have the OPERA scientists performed as
professional scientists should or not?


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Item Type: Preprint
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Rubbens, Peterpeter.rubbens@ugent.e
Keywords: Scientific explanation · OPERA collaboration · Evaluation of scientific practice · Scientific communication
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Depositing User: Mr Peter P.A. Rubbens
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 21:51
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2014 21:51
Item ID: 11127
Subjects: General Issues > Experimentation
General Issues > Explanation
General Issues > History of Science Case Studies
Specific Sciences > Physics
Date: 5 November 2014
URI: https://philsci-archive-dev.library.pitt.edu/id/eprint/11127

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