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06-11-2010, 08:01 AM
In the News, and highly relevant to apparent measurement inaccuracies in the Redshifts of plasma surrounding AGN/Quasars …

Physicists produce black hole plasma in the lab (http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-11-physicists-black-hole-plasma-lab.html)

Basically, scientists have recreated the plasma surrounding a black hole and bombarded it with X-rays to further ionise it. They then looked at the 'at rest' K-alpha line of iron, which appears in recent spectra taken by X-Ray observatories. The position of this line has been previously calculated from theoretical models ..

This news update is particularly relevant to the "Status of Plasma Physics" thread, presently running in the Science Forum.

I am not totally clear on whether this previous error would impact the redshift measurements of the quasars themselves or not. The subject matter seems to be specific to only the redshifts of the plasma surrounding the AGN nucleus.

PS: If it is relevant to quasar redshifts then it also impacts the variances presently being debated in 'Fine Structure Constant' issue.