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The initial focus of this website is on the following experimental test of Special Relativity. -sz

A Fiber-Optic Michelson-Morley Experiment (FOMMX)

For physicists:
In the Michelson-Morley Experiment light was sent along two perpendicular arms. According to the æther theory, the velocity of the æther past the experiment, due to the speed of the Earth in its orbit, would cause the speed of light to differ between the two arms. The difference in speed of light between the arms was detected interferometrically. Unexpectedly, the results were inconsistent with the æther theory.

FOMMX Hypothesis: If certain unrecognized physical configurations of the Michelson-Morley experiment are used, the results will be inconsistent with Special Relativity. For this, the light path must have high mass density and the straight arm length must be long.

Experimental Test: I am running a Michelson-Morley experiment to test this hypothesis. A configuration has been chosen to yield results inconsistent with Special Relativity. This configuration uses optical fiber to define the light path with straight arm length of 5 meters. This experiment has run for most of 2020 and is still collecting data.

Results not null: A preliminary review of the data indicates that the results are not “null”, that is the results are not consistent with Special Relativity.

The Cause? The important and difficult question is whether or not the results can be explained by conventional causes, such as solar heating. I am now developing software to calculate parameterized models and accurately compare the experimental results to each model.


News:
• This site was put on the web in December, 2020.
• A large magnitude, diurnal cycle in the data seems consistent with Frame Drag of General Relativity.
• The second and third largest Solar Flares in 2020 seem to have obliterated normal data patterns.

For everyone:
The importance of this experiment in Physics.

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