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Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 71:1-13 (2020)
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Precision testing of the quantum electrodynamics (QED) and the standard model provides some of the most secure knowledge in the history of physics. These tests can also be used to constrain and search for new physics going beyond the standard model. We examine the evidential structure of relationships between theoretical predictions from QED, precision measurements of these phenomena, and the indirect determination of the fine structure constant. We argue that "pure QED" is no longer sufficient to predict the electron's anomalous magnetic moment, and that standard model effects are needed. The details relevant to low-energy QED are robust against future theory change.

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Adam Koberinski
University of Pittsburgh
Chris Smeenk
University of Western Ontario

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