Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 291–302

Proposal for experiments to detect the missing torque in special relativity

Authors

  • Gianfranco Spavieri
    • Department of PhysicsArizona State University
    • Departamento de FisicaUniversidad de Los Andes
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF00666019

Cite this article as:
Spavieri, G. Found Phys Lett (1990) 3: 291. doi:10.1007/BF00666019

Abstract

The torque experienced by a current loop, of magnetic momentm, and moving with velocityv in an electric fieldE, cannot be explained in terms of the interaction between the loop current andE, but only by taking into account the internal stress in the loop. This subtle effect can be tested by measuring the frequency changes in the Zeeman splitting of moving atoms, the change of helicity of elementary particles, and the current induced in a moving coil. These tests may have relevance in the context of modern ether theories and of the Aharonov-Casher effect.

Key words

special relativityparadoxestests of modern ether theories

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