Relativity and Cosmology


Michelson and Morley Experiment Does not Validate Length Contraction

Authors: Ziaedin Shafiei

The theory of length contraction was initially proposed to uphold the existence of aether after the surprise null result from Michelson and Morley (M&M) experiment. The theory claimed that any physical object shrinks in the direction of its movement through aether. The theory is accepted by special relativity. It is, however, redefined as the shortening of any physical object in the direction of its movement relative to an observer. This article shows that M&M experiment does not support length contraction, and time dilation, as the theory was not based on all-inclusive analysis of the experiment. In fact, the distance travelled by the half-silvered mirror was not examined in the experiment to find out it does not agree with length contraction. Subsequently, the constancy of the speed of light becomes uncorroborated by the experiment.

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[v1] 2017-09-17 12:42:04
[v2] 2017-09-23 06:11:49
[v3] 2018-04-23 19:16:02
[v4] 2018-04-27 10:53:59

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