posted on Mar, 16 2017 @ 07:03 AM
a reply to: swanne
Hi swanne, thanks for this post. Unfortunately I missed it when it was being actively discussed. My thoughts are a bit different than what are
presented above, so I'll post something here.
If you put two tacks into a tack-board and then slightly stretch a rubber band around those tacks, you can then take your thumb and forefinger of each
hand to hold the rubber band. You can then take your middle finger and pluck the rubber band to get an oscillation to ensue. (I did this by myself; it
may be easier to have a second person pluck it.) If you then move your thumb and forefinger along the rubber band, the oscillation will continue with
nodes (zero displacement regions) established where your thumb and forefinger are. If you analyze the wave motion of the original standing wave before
you move your fingers, you will have a wave traveling at speed u in one direction and another traveling at speed u in the opposite direction. When you
move your fingers at a speed v, to keep the nulls moving with your fingers, the component waves travel at u+v in one direction and u-v in the other
Now if we assume light is a wave on an aether, and assume that the aetherial displacement of that wave is proportional to the electric field, we have
an analogous situation with the Michelson Morley experiment. Mirrors enforce a condition where the electric field is zero - a null. If we move the
mirrors, we move the nulls. And this motion will constrain any standing wave within the apparatus to essentially alter the speed of the interior waves
in just such a way that the null result of the Michelson Morley test is obtained.
It should surprise no one that an appartus may affect a phase result of what we are trying to measure, as this happens in quantum mechanics all the
And there is a way to do things differently. We now have technology to do a group velocity test with ultra short laser pulses. Such a test could
possibly give a non-null result. But when we proposed such a test about 27 years ago it was rejected soundly, because the reviewers were absolutely
certain that the result would simply be one more confirmation of the original Michelson Morley test. (I also made the unforgivable error of stating in
the proposal that it might be possible that special relativity could be experimentally disproved by the test.)
It was at that time that I realized there was something seriously wrong with what passes as "science" when governmental approval is needed. We
probably only needed $10K, but the equipment that we needed to use cost vastly more. The lab was government funded, and there was an understandable
reluctance to do anything that might not be approved, as such activity might lead to funding loss in the future. So one needed to battle with the
bureaucrats first to get approval, and only then we could go ahead. Due to other funding problems, I left that lab to take a position at the
Superconducting Super Collider and the test was never done. I would still like to see it done some day.
By the way - the aether is a solid. I hope to get to a series of posts on that topic once my series of posts on The ABC Preon Model are complete.