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  • Vol. 40, Iss. 4 — Apr. 1, 1950
  • pp: 185–191

Extrapolation from the Michelson-Morley Experiment

HERBERT E. IVES  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 40, Issue 4, pp. 185-191 (1950)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.40.000185


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Abstract

The invariance with motion of the measurement of two-way light signals in the Michelson-Morley experiment is extrapolated to one-way measurements. The time of arrival of signals at a distant point is accepted as indeterminate, in accordance with the before-and-after characterization of Robb; but it is shown that, in spite of this indeterminancy, definite expressions can be obtained for the operations involved in measuring one-way signals. Extension of the same reasoning leads to Lorentz-type transformations expressed in terms of observable rod and clock readings, which include the self-observed velocities of moved clocks used to set the epochs of distant clocks.

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HERBERT E. IVES, "Extrapolation from the Michelson-Morley Experiment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 40, 185-191 (1950)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-40-4-185

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