Relativity and Cosmology


Propagation of Spherical Electromagnetic Waves in Different Inertial Frames; an Alternative to the Lorentz Transformation

Authors: Teimuraz Bregadze

The application of the Lorentz transformation, which assumes planar character of electromagnetic waves, to the points of the front of a spherical electromagnetic wave gives a distorted picture of the physical reality. The expressions of Doppler effect and aberration, as well as the transformation law of the wave fronts for spherical electromagnetic waves, essentially different from those for planar electromagnetic waves, are obtained. Some consequences are discussed. Particularly, the necessity of introduction of the "natural" units of length (changing in the same way as the lengths of electromagnetic waves) for measuring distances from moving points to the fronts of electromagnetic waves, as well as of the "real" distance covered by a moving point relative to a stationary point containing the number of electromagnetic waves which is equal to the difference in the numbers of waves contained between the front of an electromagnetic wave and the stationary and moving points respectively. A revised equation for the addition of velocities is also obtained.

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[v1] 1 Jun 2007

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