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July 09, 2007

New limit placed on photon charge

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From PhysicsWeb News: “A physicist in the US has analysed radio waves from distant galaxies to obtain a new upper bound on the electrical charge of the photon. Brett Altschul of Indiana University has found that the charge is no more than 10-46 times the charge of the electron — assuming the existence of photons with positive and negative charges. This is 13 orders of magnitude better than the previous direct bound on the charge of a particle that we normally assume to be neutral”1.

  1. Phys. Rev. Lett. 98 261801 []

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