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Crystal oscillators are sensitive to accelerations, even the gravitational field of the earth. Astandard test is to change the orientation with respect to up by 90 degrees. This is called a “tipover test”. It usually changes the frequency by over 1 part in 108. This means crystal oscillatorsare “noisy” in a vibrating environment unless well mechanically isolated.
It might be a temporary belief - it may not; but most of the physics at present use this as a fundamental law. Please bear in mind that SR correctly predicts time dilation in orbiting satellites, is the basis of modern physics, and had been thoroughly tested - this is what you need to overturn.
The oscillator is tunable, but it is extremely stable and it will "flywheel" for a very long time. There is no phase comparison between the phase of the microwave signal and the state changes in the cesium atoms. Adjustments to the oscillator are very small and they only happen infrequently.
(Relativistic) time is the Energy that it takes Cs-133 to make the transition from low energy to high energy which decreases with increasing velocity.Time to sit back and think about that one.
Ok, I'm absolutely convinced that the speed of light is not the same in all directions. But, I can also understand why it is so damned hard to measure the differences.Now, one question is whether the adjustments made to the oscillators are completely random, or if they in fact have a pattern. For example slowing them down when earth turns in the direction of the orbit around the sun, or through space. For example, slowing down at midnight when the directions of spin and solar orbit are additive (faster movement), and speeding up at noon, when the directions subtract (slower movement).But, in all likelihood, both the oscillator, and the cesium standard suffer from the same relativistic problems.