Accession Number:

AD0296302

Title:

AN EXPERIMENT IN THE SPECIAL THEORY OF RELATIVITY

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

NAVAL ORDNANCE TEST STATION CHINA LAKE CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1962-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

An experiment was conducted to test the special theory of relativity as opposed to the new source interpretation of the emission theory. The apparatus used consisted of an interferometer whose beams went through moving pieces of glass the hypothesis being that if the velocity of light took on any of the velocity of the moving glass, then the interference fringes would shift but if the speed of light were a constant, as the special theory of relativity predicts, no fringe shift would occur. The pieces of glass were not thick enough to require consideration of the Fresnel dragging coefficient. It was concluded that the results of the experiment favor relativity.

Subject Categories:

  • Quantum Theory and Relativity

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE