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Michelson and the speed of light

Bernard Jaffe

Michelson and the speed of light

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Published by Greenwood Press in Westport, Conn .
Written in English

    Places:
  • United States
    • Subjects:
    • Michelson, Albert, 1852-1931.,
    • Physicists -- United States -- Biography.,
    • Optics -- History.,
    • Light -- Speed -- History.

    • Edition Notes

      StatementBernard Jaffe.
      Classifications
      LC ClassificationsQC16.M56 J3 1979
      The Physical Object
      Pagination197 p. :
      Number of Pages197
      ID Numbers
      Open LibraryOL4735911M
      ISBN 100313207771
      LC Control Number78025969

      It was perhaps the most significant negative experiment in the history of science. Galileo's transformation is more simply a uniform translation motion. The following animated diagram shows that the round-trip duration along any of the 4 possible paths inside the interferometer's arms would be the same. After the "failed" experiment Michelson and Morley ceased their aether drift measurements and started to use their newly developed technique to establish the wavelength of light as a standard of length. You can hear this effect for sound waves by playing a constant note through stereo speakers.

      Michelson advocated using some particular wavelength of light as a standard of distance a suggestion generally accepted in and, inmeasured the standard metre in terms of the red light emitted by heated cadmium. We shall show how Einstein answered this question in the next lecture. This was the first substantially accurate determination of the size of a star. The Michelson interferometer works like a race between two planes.

      Their explanation was that the vibrating drumhead, for example, alternately pushes and pulls on the air directly above it, sending out waves of compression and decompression known as rarefactionlike the expanding circles of ripples from a disturbance on the surface of a pond. Michelson married Margaret in an Episcopal service in New Rochelle in Additionally, due to the Earth's rotation, the wind would be expected to show periodic changes in direction and magnitude during the course of a sidereal day. The hypothesis of aether drift implies that because one of the arms would inevitably turn into the direction of the wind at the same time that another arm was turning perpendicularly to the wind, an effect should be noticeable even over a period of minutes. In the California mountains he surveyed a km pathway between two mountain peaks, determining the distance to an accuracy of less than 2.


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Michelson and the speed of light book

His final result wasmiles per second, with possible error of 30 miles per second or so. Actually, that is only one case—sound will also travel through liquids, like water, and solids, like a steel bar.

It is filled with 'stuff' that is normally transparent but can be made visible by hitting it sufficiently hard to knock out a part. Putting all this together, the upstream--downstream roundtrip time Now, what about the cross-stream time? This made it possible to figure out how far the mirror had turned during the time it took the light to make the round trip to the distant mirror, and since the rate of rotation of the mirror was known, the speed of light could be figured out.

According to the rules, both pilots must perform a round trip between two points miles apart. New York: World Pub.

Albert A. Michelson

The reason is that measurements were recorded visually. An astronomer James Bradley, sailing on the Thames with some friends, noticed that the little pennant on top of the mast changed position each time the boat put about, even though the wind was steady.

It turns out that the wave compression is much more severe; it increases matter's energy according to the gamma factor. We can see, though, that if the two lanterns are ten miles apart, the time lag is of order one-ten thousandth of a second, and it is difficult to see how to work with that, given mid 's technology.

Is Light a Wave? Partial aether-dragging would thwart attempts to measure any first order change in the speed of light. Upon his return to the United States, he determined the velocity of light to bekmmiles per second, a value that remained the best for a generation, until Michelson bettered it.

Again, no aether wind was observed. In fact, if the rain is falling at, say, 15 mph, and you are walking at 3 mph, to you as observer the rain will be coming down at a slant so that it has a vertical speed of 15 mph, and a horizontal speed towards you of 3 mph. To a person in the carthe air outside the car would seem like a moving substance.

Michelson tried to detect the speed of the Earth through the aether by means of an interferometer. Vibrations were further reduced by building the apparatus on top of a large block of sandstone Fig.

It is a new fact. Michelson and Lorentz strongly believed that aether should exist. It is now possible to produce particles, called neutral pions, which decay each one in a little explosion, emitting a flash of light.

InMichelson and Morley successfully confirmed Fresnel's drag coefficient — this result was also considered as a confirmation of the stationary aether concept. Michelson placed first in optics, but twenty-fifth in seamanship. It could not serve as a universal reference medium, as this would be contrary to relativity theory.Thus, the idea was to measure the speed of light in different directions in order to measure speed of the ether relative to Earth, thus establishing its existence.

Michelson and Morley were able to measure the speed of light by looking for interference fringes between the light which had passed through the two perpendicular arms of their apparatus.

An ensign clocks the speed of light --Growing up --The first measurements --The elusive ether --The michelson-morley experiment --Prelude to relativity --A yarstick to endure --The ultimate in precision --Them man --The first nobel prize --Reaching for a star --Full circle. Series Title: Science study series, S Responsibility: Bernard Jaffe.

Scientists knew light is a form of wave, and because all other waves require a medium to propagate, they formulated the aether hypothesis, in which light can propagate.

However, Michelson’s experiment produced a zero effect. InBernard Jaffe wrote Michelson’s biography in the book. Jan 27,  · Michelson and the Speed of Light [Bernard Jaffe] on atlasbowling.com *FREE* shipping on qualifying atlasbowling.coms: 4.

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Note that the data for the Michelson-Morley experiments [1] consist of 6 experiments of 17 runs each, not of 5 series of 20 runs each. InAlbert Michelson (right) came to the Irvine Ranch to conduct experiments measuring the speed of light.

James Irvine leased land to the scientist in a flat bean field near what is now The.