
20221019: The Equation That Explains (Nearly) Everything!
 14:00: ... different particle masses, or chooses coupling strengths like the fine structure constant we discussed recently. And it doesn't explain dark energy or the ...


20221012: The REAL Possibility of Mapping Alien Planets!
 15:45: ... one were we talked about the mysterious meaning of the fine structure constant. AJMansfield asks whether JWST also have a program for doing ...
 18:29: ... change the way the quantum fields behave  including raising the fine structure constant. We routinely reach temperatures where the fine structure constant ...
 19:23: ... also be different during that time? Well yes! The fine structure constant is defined as the electron charge squared divided by 4pi ...


20220928: Why Is 1/137 One of the Greatest Unsolved Problems In Physics?
 00:19: This is the fine structure constant, and it appears everywhere in our equations of quantum physics, and we’re still trying to figure out why.
 00:30: ... fine structure constant, designated as the greek letter alpha, just looks like one of the many ...
 00:57: ... I die my first question to the Devil will be: What is the meaning of the fine structure constant?” Even Richard Feyman pondered its mysteries his entire ...
 03:45: This number just happens to be 1/137.035999, the fine structure constant.
 04:34: And that’s just the tip of the iceberg for the appearances of the fine structure constant in the laws of physics.
 05:55: And that’s exactly what the fine structure constant is: it’s the coupling strength of the electromagnetic force.
 06:23: So the Fine Structure Constant sets the "strength" of the electromagnetic force.
 06:37: So it’s starting to make sense why the fine structure constant appears in all of these formulas that depend on the electromagnetic force.
 07:06: In fact the fine structure constant isn’t as constant as it sounds.
 07:30: We’re now at the bottom of the energy scale, and the fine structure constant has bottomed out at 1/137.035999.
 08:33: ... universe ended up with this particular value for the fine structure constant or many of the other fundamental ...
 09:08: But the fact that the fine structure constant has such a convenient value isn’t the weirdest thing about it.
 10:10: But the fine structure constant is unitless.
 10:27: That’s handy for interstellar communication, but it also tells us that’s something's seriously up with the fine structure constant.
 10:52: But these things don’t pop up in all these unexpected places like the fine structure constant does.
 11:50: But without any units, it's not immediately clear what kind of relationship the Fine Structure Constant represents.
 12:08: If the other constants of nature tie various physical parameters together, perhaps the fine structure constant is what ties those constants together.
 12:43: ... fact that this canceling gives the fine structure constant, and the fine structure constant also represents the relationship between ...
 13:15: ... it could be that the fine structure constant is not a physical constant, but a mathematical one, like pi, but perhaps ...
 13:51: ... called the fine structure constant “one of the greatest damn mysteries of physics” and Poetically ...


20220803: What Happens Inside a Proton?
 05:14: ... 1/137 thing is the fine structure constant. It’s the coupling strength between the electron and ...
 06:02: ... the strong coupling constant. It is much higher than the fine structure constant, of order 1, though it depends on energy scale. That’s what ...


20220210: The Nature of Space and Time AMA
 00:03: ... that the speed of light has changed for example numbers like the fine structure constant are often considered more fundamental these are these unitless numbers ...


20191111: Does Life Need a Multiverse to Exist?
 07:37: ... forces are set by the socalled coupling constants  for example, the fine structure constant for electromagnetism and the gravitational constant for ...


20180815: Quantum Theory's Most Incredible Prediction
 04:42: The fine structure constant is named after this effect.
 11:20: ... from the QED calculations to a value for G, you also need to know the fine structure constant that I mentioned ...
 11:41: So it's really the relationship between the electron magnetic moment and the fine structure constant that we're verifying.


20170928: Are the Fundamental Constants Changing?
 03:33: Perhaps the most promising example is the fine structure constant.
 03:50: We use the Greek letter Alpha to represent the fine structure constant.
 06:20: Well, the magnitude of this wavelength split depends very strongly on the fine structure constant.
 08:43: And there are many other potential systematic errors the could masquerade as a change in the fine structure constant.
 09:32: If the fine structure constant is changing, then it's not changing by very much.


20170719: The Real Star Wars
 17:02: So the electric charge, which in turn depends on the fine structure constant.
 17:07: In fact, the probability amplitude added at each vertex is proportional to the square root of the fine structure constant.
 17:20: So that's the square root of 1/137 squared, which is just the fine structure constant, which is close to 1%.
 17:40: Onlynamelefthere thinks our videos "are good and stuff, but will unsubscribe if we "set the fine structure constant to 1/100" once more.
 17:53: You guys think you're so cool measuring the fine structure constant to better than 1 part in a billion.


20170628: The First Quantum Field Theory
 10:01: It predicts the relative value of the fine structure constant to a precision of one part in a billion.
