Nuclear and Atomic Physics


Muon Rings and Frequecy

Authors: Norman Graves

One of the more convincing experiments in support of Einstein’s special theory of relativity was conducted at CERN in 1977. The experiment involved injecting particles called Muons into a 14 metre diameter ring at speeds approaching that of light and observing their behaviour. The experiment shows conclusively that time is dilated and distances are compressed for the orbiting Muon. There is one other aspect of the experiment which however is often overlooked and that is the effect of relativity on frequency. Here it is shown that the orbital frequency experienced by the Muon is multiplied by a factor Gamma compared to that seen by a stationary observer.

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