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  • Vol. 52, Iss. 5 — May. 1, 1962
  • pp: 529–535

Experimental Verification of the Relativistic Doppler Effect

HIRSCH I. MANDELBERG and LOUIS WITTEN  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 52, Issue 5, pp. 529-535 (1962)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.52.000529


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Abstract

An experiment has been performed to measure the quadratic Doppler shift, ~(1 - ν2/c2), predicted by the special theory of relativity. A moving beam of radiating hydrogen atoms with velocities ranging up to 2.8×108cm/sec has been viewed from the incoming and outgoing directions simultaneously. Averaging wavelength measurements of a particular spectral line for the two observations gives a measurement of the quadratic shift. The number (½) in the theoretically predicted exponent can be compared to the experimental results. The latter gives the value of this exponent to be 0.498±0.025. The predominant factor leading to the experimental uncertainty is the width of the spectral lines involved in the measurement.

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HIRSCH I. MANDELBERG and LOUIS WITTEN, "Experimental Verification of the Relativistic Doppler Effect," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 52, 529-535 (1962)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-52-5-529

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