Geneva - An experimental finding which threatened to overturn the basic principles of atomic science has turned out to be incorrect - neutrino particles cannot travel faster than light, the Swiss CERN research facility confirmed in Geneva.

The initial measurements of the subatomic particles that were announced last year put a central tenet of relativity into question: that the speed of light is the ultimate speed limit in the universe.

“Although this result isn't as exciting as some would have liked, it is what we all expected deep down,” CERN quoted its research director Sergio Bertolucci as saying at a conference in Tokyo.

The original measurement of the neutrinos' speed was flawed by a faulty element of a fibre-optic timing system. - Sapa-dpa