Avoiding Bias in Measurements of Fundamental Constants from High Resolution Quasar Spectra
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Webb, J. K., Lee, C., & Milaković, D. (2022). Avoiding Bias in Measurements of Fundamental Constants from High Resolution Quasar Spectra. Universe, 8 (5) https://doi.org/10.3390/universe8050266
Recent advances in spectroscopic instrumentation and calibration methods dramatically improve the quality of quasar spectra. Supercomputer calculations show that, at high spectral resolution, procedures used in some previous analyses of spacetime variations of fundamental constants are likely to generate spurious measurements, biased systematically towards a null result. Developments in analysis methods are also summarised and a prescription given for the analysis of new and forthcoming data.
cosmological parameters, quasar absorption systems, methods: observational, techniques: spectroscopic
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.3390/universe8050266
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