Regular Article - Theoretical Physics
Fine structure constant variation or spacetime anisotropy?
Institute of High Energy Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing, China
2 Theoretical Physics Center for Science Facilities, Chinese Academy of Sciences, 100049, Beijing, China
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Revised: 21 November 2011
Published online: 3 January 2012
Recent observations on the quasar absorption spectra supply evidence for the variation of the fine structure constant α. In this paper, we propose another interpretation of the observational data on the quasar absorption spectra: a scenario with spacetime inhomogeneity and anisotropy. Maybe the spacetime is characterized by the Finsler geometry instead of the Riemann one. The Finsler geometry admits fewer symmetries than the Riemann geometry does. We investigate the Finslerian geodesic equations in the Randers spacetime (a special Finsler spacetime). It is found that the cosmological redshift in this spacetime deviates from the one in general relativity. The modification term to the redshift could be generally revealed as a monopole plus dipole function of spacetime locations and directions. We suggest that this modification corresponds to the spatial monopole and dipole of α variation in the quasar absorption spectra.
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