Fundamental Constants at High Energy

  1. Dr. Dietrich Papenfuß3,
  2. Professor Dr. Dieter Lüst4 and
  3. Professor Dr. Wolfgang P. Schleich5
  1. Harald Fritzsch1,2

Published Online: 29 NOV 2007

DOI: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch12

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact

How to Cite

Fritzsch, H. (2002) Fundamental Constants at High Energy, in 100 Years Werner Heisenberg: Works and Impact (eds D. Papenfuß, D. Lüst and W. P. Schleich), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527610853.ch12

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Alexander von Humboldt-Stiftung, Bonn, Germany

  2. 4

    Humboldt Universität, Institut für Physik, Germany

  3. 5

    Universität Ulm, Abteilung f. Quantenphysik, Albert-Einstein-Allee 11, 89069 Ulm, Germany

Author Information

  1. 1

    Theory Division, CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland

  2. 2

    Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München, Sektion Physik Theresienstr. 37, 80333 München, Germany

  1. Partially supported by VW-Stiftung Hannover (I-77495).

  2. Invited talk given at the Heisenberg symposium of the Alexander von Humboldt-Foundation (Bamberg, September 2001).

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 29 NOV 2007
  2. Published Print: 27 AUG 2002

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527403929

Online ISBN: 9783527610853



  • elementary particles theory;
  • fundamental constants at high energy;
  • particle physics;
  • mass of electron;
  • mass of nucleon;
  • astrophysics;
  • methods of quantum optics


The progress of Particle Physics is closely linked to the progress in the understanding of the fundamental constants, like the finestructure constant, the mass of the electron or nucleon, or the electroweak mixing angle. The relation between the 18 fundamental constants of the Standard Model and the elementary units used in other fields like quantum optics or solid state physics is far from trivial and will be discussed. Relations between the various constants might exist, providing signals for the physics beyond the Standard Model. Recent observations in astrophysics indicate a slight time variation of the finestructure constant. If true, it has profound implications for many particle and nuclear physics phenomena. In particular the nuclear mass scale should change in time, a phenomenon that could be observed in the laboratory using advanced methods of quantum optics.