The Oklo bound on the time variation of the fine-structure constant revisited

@article{Damour1996TheOB,
  title={The Oklo bound on the time variation of the fine-structure constant revisited},
  author={T. Damour and F. Dyson},
  journal={Nuclear Physics},
  year={1996},
  volume={480},
  pages={37-54}
}
  • T. Damour, F. Dyson
  • Published 1996
  • Physics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Abstract It has been pointed out by Shlyakhter that data from the natural fission reactors which operated about two billion years ago at Oklo (Gabon) had the potential of providing an extremely tight bound on the variability of the fine-structure constant α. We revisit the derivation of such a bound by (i) reanalyzing a large selection of published rare-earth data from Oklo, (ii) critically taking into account the very large uncertainty of the temperature at which the reactors operated, and… CONTINUE READING
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