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Appearance of Objects at Relativistic Velocities, a Holographic Approach
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Production Engineering, Metrology and Optics.
2010 (English)In: SEARCH FOR FUNDAMENTAL THEORY / [ed] Amoroso RL, Rowlands P, Jeffers S, MELVILLE, NY: AMER INST PHYSICS , 2010, Vol. 1316, 118-124 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

A diagram borrowed from holographic interferometry has been applied to visualize phenomena in Special Relativity. It displays how a sphere of observation is by velocity elongated into an ellipsoid of observation and produces graphically all the well accepted equations of Einsteins Special Relativity. The Lorentz contraction, however, is explained as an elongation of the measuring rod, the meter, which by definition is based on either a specific number of wavelengths or the velocity of light multiplied by time. The diagram displays the total apparent object distortions including not only the Lorentz contraction but also larger apparent contractions and elongations caused by the classic Doppler Effect. The reasons of these deformations are the delays caused by variations in distance from observer to different parts of the moving object. In this paper we do not discuss the meaning of apparent, as compared to real, deformation.

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MELVILLE, NY: AMER INST PHYSICS , 2010. Vol. 1316, 118-124 p.
, AIP Conference Proceedings, ISSN 0094-243X
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-31637DOI: 10.1063/1.3536426ISI: 000286946500008ScopusID: 2-s2.0-78751539921ISBN: 978-0-7354-0870-8OAI: diva2:405439
7th International Symposium Honoring French Mathematical Physicist Jean-Pierre Vigier Imperial Coll, London, ENGLAND, JUL 12-14, 2010
QC 20110322Available from: 2011-03-22 Created: 2011-03-21 Last updated: 2011-03-22Bibliographically approved

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