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SPECIAL REPORT A New Light-Speed Anisotropy Experiment: Absolute Motion and Gravitational Waves Detected Reginald T. Cahill School of Chemistry, Physics and Earth Sciences, Flinders University, Adelaide 5001, Australia E-mail: Reg.Cahill@flinders.edu.au; http://www.scieng.flinders.edu.au/cpes/people/cahill_r/ Data from a new experiment measuring the anisotropy of the one-way speed of EM waves in a coaxial cable, gives the speed of light as 300,000±400±20km/s in a measured direction RA=5.5±2 hrs, Dec=70±10◦ S, is shown to be in excellent agreement with the results from seven previous anisotropy experiments, particularly those of Miller (1925/26), and even those of Michelson and Morley (1887). The Miller gas-mode interferometer results, and those from the RF coaxial cable experiments of Torr and Kolen (1983), De Witte (1991) and the new experiment all reveal the presence of gravitational waves, as indicated by the last ± variations above, but of a kind different from those supposedly predicted by General Relativity. Miller repeated the Michelson-Morley 1887 gas-mode interferometer experiment and again detected the anisotropy of the speed of light, primarily in the years 1925/1926 atop Mt.Wilson, California. The understanding of the operation of the Michelson interferometer in gas-mode was only achieved in 2002 and involved a calibration for the interferometer that necessarily involved Special Relativity effects and the refractive index of the gas in the light paths. The results demonstrate the reality of the Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction as an observer independent relativistic effect. A common misunderstanding is that the anisotropy of the speed of light is necessarily in conflict with Special Relativity and Lorentz symmetry — this is explained. All eight experiments and theory show that we have both anisotropy of the speed of light and relativistic effects, and that a dynamical 3-space exists — that absolute motion through that space has been repeatedly observed since 1887. These developments completely change fundamental physics and our understanding of reality. “Modern” vacuum-mode Michelson interferometers, particularly the long baseline terrestrial versions, are, by design flaw, incapable of detecting the anisotropy effect and the gravitational waves.
It could be a general relativistic effect of light moving in a periodic varying grav. field: the grav. field varies periodically (in the Earth frame) because of the presence of the Sun, the Moon and other planets.
Are you sure about:"The anomaly is not present when the light is contained within a fiber-optic cable."and"The anomaly is present for light in any gaseous medium."That seems inconsistent to me.
The detectors operate by exploiting light speed anisotropy in optical-fibers. The data confirms previous observations of light speed anisotropy, earth rotation and orbit effects, and gravitational waves.
You don't need to look out of the windows. You measure the fine structure constant via the Quantum Hall effect. It's a running constant. It isn't constant. It varies as your speed varies.
It isn't constant. It varies as your speed varies.
If the fine structure constant does vary with speed it might be a clue for what exactly it is.
In other words the fine structure constant might not be the same 10 billion years ago as it is today, but not about it varying with speed.
Quote from: Farsight on 19/05/2010 00:39:28You don't need to look out of the windows. You measure the fine structure constant via the Quantum Hall effect. It's a running constant. It isn't constant. It varies as your speed varies. Are you sure Farsight? I thought the fine structure constant was one of the free dimensionless parameters of the standard model (ie other things are based on it not vice versa) and was unvarying. The 'run' of a coupling constant is surely to do with the scale at which is it examined or the energy with which it it probed. This is beyond my ken and I am not contradicting you just trying to understand better. Its just that I had always assumed that the fundamental physical constants did not vary in time or space. Hoping to be enlightened - Matthew
If the fine structure constant does vary with speed it might be a clue for what exactly it is. It seems to be some kind of ratio related to the charge magnitude of the electron.