Should not the Lorentz-FitzGerald Contraction Be Three-Dimensional?
|Title||Should not the Lorentz-FitzGerald Contraction Be Three-Dimensional?|
|Author(s)||Daniel H Deutsch|
|Keywords||Lorentz-FitzGerald Contraction, three-dimensional, hydrogen atom, velocity|
Starting with the empirical observation that mass increases with speed (as predicted by Einstein) and the Hartree unit of length a (the idealized Bohr radius of the hydrogen atom) it is shown that the contraction of the radius of the hydrogen atom, with velocity of the hydrogen atom, is independent of the velocity direction. Therefore, this model leads to the expectation that the FitzGerald-Lorentz contraction will occur equally in all three orthogonal directions, not just the direction of the velocity