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Testing the inverse-square law of gravity in boreholes at the Nevada Test Site

Thomas, J. and Vogel, P. (1990) Testing the inverse-square law of gravity in boreholes at the Nevada Test Site. Physical Review Letters, 65 (10). pp. 1173-1176. ISSN 0031-9007. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:THOprl90

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Abstract

Stacey et al. have reported evidence for a breakdown of Newton’s law based on measurements in a deep mine. We have tested the reproducibility of this result by analyzing gravity data from boreholes in Nevada. One interpretation of our resuls suggests a breakdown of the Newtonian theory which is much larger than the effect previously reported. But the lack of consistency between the results suggests that it is not fundamental physics that has failed, but rather the experiments are subject to large systematic uncertainties which are caused by mass anomalies at intermediate distances from the holes.


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Additional Information:©1990 The American Physical Society Received 26 September 1989 This work was supported in part by grants from the Department of Energy (No. DEAC-0381-ER40050) and by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory Individual Research and Development fund. We acknowledge stimulating discussions with Eric Adelberger, Richard Feynman, and Val Telegdi. And, in particular, we thank Paul Kasameyer, Frank Stacey, and Gary Tuck who were instrumental in guiding us through the analysis of these data. Erratum: J. Thomas and P. Vogel, Testing the inverse-square law of gravity in boreholes at the Nevada Test Site, Phys. Rev. Lett. 65, 2478 (1990).
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