One of the most striking predictions of Einstein’s theory of special relativity is probably the best known formula in all science: E = mc2. Today, exactly one hundred years after its first formulation, this equivalence has been verified to be correct at least to an accuracy of 4 parts in 10 000 000 ! These measurements, at the Institut Laue-Langevin, Grenoble, and the Massachussets Institute of Technology (MIT), represent the most precise verification of the relation between mass and energy ever achieved.
The GAMS4 instrument. Copyright ILL / Artechnique
The direct test of Einstein’s equation is based on the prediction that when a nucleus captures a neutron, the resulting isotope (mass number A+1) is somewhat lighter than the sum of the masses of the original nucleus (mass number A) and the free neutron (mass number 1). The energy equivalent to this mass difference is emitted as a spectra of gamma-rays.
The mass difference in Einstein’s equation using two silicon isotopes 28-29Si and two sulphur isotopes 32-33S has been measured with very high accuracy on one side of the Atlantic at the MIT, using a novel experimental technique .
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