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Fundamental Tests of Special Relativity and the Isotropy of Space

  • S. A. Lee
  • L.-U. A. Andersen
  • N. Bjerre
  • O. Poulsen
  • E. Riis
  • J. L. Hall
Part of the Springer Series in Optical Sciences book series (SSOS, volume 55)

Abstract

When one considers tests of special relativity and the isotropy of space, the experiment of MICHELSON and MORLEY [1] immediately comes to mind. These scientists might not have anticipated that one hundred years after their landmark experiment, there is an ever increasing interest in the subject. The discovery of the anisotropy in the 3K cosmic blackbody radiation and its subsequent interpretation as due to the earth’s motion through the 3K radiation rest frame [2] makes it interesting to reconsider experiments that can test for the one way speed of light. Indeed, high resolution laser spectroscopy appears to have the most to offer in terms of improved techniques and increased precisian for these tests.

Keywords

Blackbody Radiation Prefer Frame Rotor Experiment Single Photon Absorption Fast Beam 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. A. Lee
    • 1
  • L.-U. A. Andersen
    • 2
  • N. Bjerre
    • 2
  • O. Poulsen
    • 2
  • E. Riis
    • 2
  • J. L. Hall
    • 3
  1. 1.Physics DepartmentColorado State UniversityFort CollinsUSA
  2. 2.Institute of PhysicsAarhus UniversityAarhus CDenmark
  3. 3.JILANBS and University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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