Lorentz Contraction relative to Fresnel dragged reference frame explains Solid-State Michelson-Morley Experiment Null Result

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Scientific Paper
Title Lorentz Contraction relative to Fresnel dragged reference frame explains Solid-State Michelson-Morley Experiment Null Result
Author(s) Dan Wagner
Keywords Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction, Lorentz mass increase, Fresnel dragged reference frame, isotropic, refractive index
Published 2009
Journal Apeiron
Volume 16
Number 1
No. of pages 12
Pages 70-81

Abstract

The formulas for the physical Fitzgerald-Lorentz contraction and the Lorentz mass increase are re-derived based on speed relative to the Fresnel dragged reference frame and on the isotropic speed of light in this reference frame. This derivation leads to length contraction and mass increase formulas which are similar to the current formulas but include the refractive index. The new formulas explain the essentially null result of the Solid-State Michelson-Morley experiment performed by J Shamir and R. Fox and allow a sizeable mass (i.e. as opposed to isolated sub-atomic particles) to be accelerated somewhat beyond the speed of light with only a relatively small mass increase.