Quantum Gravity and String Theory

   

An Experiment to Determine Whether Electromagnetic Waves have Mass

Authors: Mark A. Newstead, Stephen C. Newstead

In previous papers we have proposed that the mass of an electromagnetic wave is dependent upon its speed. This relationship is such that when the wave is travelling at the speed of light it has no mass, but its mass monotonically increases as the wave slows down (i.e. the wave has mass when it is passing through a medium). In this paper we propose an experiment that would be able to determine whether electromagnetic waves have mass when they are not travelling at the speed of light. Also the experiment would be able to determine whether the wave's frequency affects the wave's mass for a given speed.

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[v1] 6 Jun 2011

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