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Michelson-Morley Experiments: An Enigma for Physics and the History of Science

Febbraio 20 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

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DATE: Monday, February 20, 11:30 a.m.



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SPEAKER: Prof. Maurizio Consoli (INFN, Sezione di Catania, Italy)

The “null result” of the original 1887 Michelson-Morley experiment represents a fundamental step for physics and the history of science. Since then, more and more precise measurements have apparently strengthened the original interpretation. However, in principle, if the two-way velocity of light in the interferometers is not exactly the same parameter “c” of Lorentz transformations, nothing would prevent a non-zero effect. For instance, in a gaseous medium the small fraction of refracted light could keep track of the motion of matter with respect to some preferred reference frame. Starting from this observation, there is now a new interpretation where the small irregular residuals always observed in laboratory show intriguing correlations with the direct CMB observations with satellites in space. This opens the possibility of linking the CMB to a fundamental reference system for relativity with substantial implications for cosmology and the interpretation of non-locality in the quantum theory. The talk will focus on the basics of this research with brief notes on some leading scientists involved in these measurements.


Febbraio 20
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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