BICEP2 PAPER IS PUBLISHED

I have made some comments in recent posts based on the following news report of 6 June 2014:

There are a series of claims that the experiment is flawed, and so the paper is being revised and will be resubmitted for publication at a latter date.

Until then, it is recommended that any findings be viewed as preliminary.

I read this as a commendable positive step on the part of the Bicep2 team, and expressed this. But it now turns out that this report was unreliable (and so eggs on my face), for the Bicep2 discovery paper has just been published in full glory today 19 June 2014 (submitted 4 April 2014) in the Physical Review Letters.

There is no hint of any instrumental issues.

This publication provides the essential basis for the nomination for the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics that was being targeted – potentially the fourth batch of Big Bang Nobel Prizes. No doubt a number of other high profile prizes are in the cards. The Kavli Prize for this discovery has already been announced. So there is no stopping this anymore. That means there is no stopping Big Bang anymore.

It seems that the Planck people are also on board (“Dr. Kovac said the group was in negotiations with the Planck team to collaborate on a more thorough study of the dust.” – NYT). So Planck may even “corroborate” this discovery in Fall. That would certainly clinch the Nobel Prize.

Nothing changes for me. Bicep2 is an instrumental botch up, period. It is scientifically, technically and engineering-wise incapable of making the measurements it claims to have made. Its aperture is far too small to be obseving CMB polarization, and its imaging plane is crappy, resulting in the artifactual gridwork in the sky. I have laid out the case in great detail here – and hopefully this record will endure. (But to what avail?)

The entire Bicep2 paper discussing interpretation of these measurements is thus entirely irrelevant. And so is the discussion in the scientific community of galactic dust. The two camps are jointly helping keep the real issue out of public view.

There is one and only one issue: A scandalous instrumental botch up involving Bicep2 and a number of other currently active instruments. The funding agencies should commission an independent investigation of this before these faulty instruments are used to corroborate one another in their scientific conclusions.

A projection of the telescope’s focal plane gridwork in the sky has now been documented as a great discovery by the establishment’s foremost and toughest journal. This graphic adorns the cover of the journal issue.

After such a resounding endorsement, what is there to say?

I am a little tired. I must now concede technical defeat: In the eyes of the good citizens of the world whom I sought so laboriously to educate, the establishment has shut me down good and proper with this weighty peer-reviewed publication.

THE PLANCK FACTOR


Why is the public being psychologically readied to wait on the Planck verdict on the amount of dust and not on the Planck verdict on the swirls in the sky? Because the former would simply change the bicep2 scientific conclusion while the latter would lead headlong into the finding of instrumental botch up.

The planck team should do a thorough engineering study of bicep2 before saying anything.
For Planck Satellite to say that bicep2 measured all dust and no cmb is to acknowledge that bicep2 measured something in the sky. That acknowledgement would be wrong. It would be to use ESA trustworthiness to mask the truth and mislead the world.
It would be John Mather all over again.
Not again, Monsieur Jean-Jacques Dordain?!

Next expected development: Planck Satellite. They have the scientific ability to corroborate my position once again. But will they? Judging from the past, I am not hopeful.

INSTRUMENTAL ARTIFACT BECOMES GRAND DISCOVERY


Pierre Meystre Editor, Physical review letters, american physical society aps, american institue of physics aip, bicep2 discovery, bicep2 keck, harvard smithsonian center for astrophysics, john kovac harvard, Jamie bock caltech, clem pryke minnesota, chao-lin kuo stanford, big bang cosmology inflation theory, b-mode polarization, gravitational waves, kavli prize astrophysics 2014

Pierre Meystre Editor, Physical review letters, american physical society aps, american institute of physics aip, bicep2 discovery, bicep2 keck, harvard smithsonian center for astrophysics, john kovac harvard, Jamie bock caltech, clem pryke minnesota, chao-lin kuo stanford, big bang cosmology inflation theory, b-mode polarization, gravitational waves, kavli prize astrophysics 2014

DUST CANNOT EXPLAIN THE PERIODIC STRUCTURE OF THE BIG BANG UNIVERSE

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