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  • Vol. 27, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1937
  • pp: 177–180

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Graphical Exposition of the Michelson-Morley Experiment

HERBERT E. IVES  »View Author Affiliations

JOSA, Vol. 27, Issue 5, pp. 177-180 (1937)

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HERBERT E. IVES, "Graphical Exposition of the Michelson-Morley Experiment," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 27, 177-180 (1937)

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  1. Kennedy "Simplified Theory of the Michelson-Morley Experiment," Phys. Rev. 47, 965 (1935).
  2. Vide Silberstein, Theory of Relativity, p. 90.
  3. See appendix for proof that the Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction brings the pulse fronts into exact coincidence.
  4. Kennedy and Thorndyke, "Experimental Proof of the Relativity of Time," Phys. Rev. 42, 400 (1932).
  5. Kennedy and Thorndyke recognize, in their introductory paragraphs, that any contractions, having the ratio (1- υ2/C2) ½ : 1 are equally valid for explaining the original Michelson-Morley experiment, but restrict their attention to the unidirectional one in interpreting their result as "... proof of the relativity of time."

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