Foundations of Physics Letters

, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp 291–302

Proposal for experiments to detect the missing torque in special relativity

  • Gianfranco Spavieri

DOI: 10.1007/BF00666019

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


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 relativity paradoxes tests of modern ether theories 

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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianfranco Spavieri
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsArizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Departamento de FisicaUniversidad de Los AndesMeridaVenezuela

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