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Indian Journal of Physics

, Volume 86, Issue 9, pp 835–848 | Cite as

A review of one-way and two-way experiments to test the isotropy of the speed of light

  • Md. F Ahmed
  • Brendan M. Quine
  • Stoyan Sargoytchev
  • A. D. Stauffer
Review Paper

Abstract

As we approach the 125th anniversary of the Michelson–Morley experiment in 2012, we have reviewed experiments that test the isotropy of the speed of light. Previous measurements are categorized into one-way (single-trip) and two-way (round-trip averaged or over closed paths) approaches and the level of experimental verification that these experiments provide is discussed. The isotropy of the speed of light is one of the postulates of the special theory of relativity and, consequently, this phenomenon has been subject to considerable experimental scrutiny. Here, we have tabulated significant experiments performed since 1881 and attempt to indicate a direction for future investigation.

Keywords

Isotropy test Special theory of relativity Constancy of the one-way speed of light 

PACS Nos.

03.30.+p 07.60.−j 07.60.Ly 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work is supported in part by the National Science and Engineering Research Council, Thoth Technology Inc. and York University, Canada.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Md. F Ahmed
    • 1
  • Brendan M. Quine
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stoyan Sargoytchev
    • 3
  • A. D. Stauffer
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Earth & Space Science & EngineeringYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Department of Physics and AstronomyYork UniversityTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of Computer Science and EngineeringYork UniversityTorontoCanada

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