5 James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) http://www.pa.msu.edu/courses/1997/spring/PHY232/lectures/emwaves/maxwell.html Maxwell’s Equations describing electric and magnetic fields in a vacuum.
6 Electro + Magnetism = Light medium ”We can scarcely avoid the conclusion that light consists in the transverse undulations of the same medium which is the cause of electric and magnetic phenomena.” Maxwell (1866) Moreover, light travels at a specific speed in aether300,000 km/s this medium (the aether): 300,000 km/s
7 The Aether Wind Taking the stars as our reference, the Earth 30 km/s travels at about 30 km/s around the Sun. Therefore, it was argued (in the late 1870s), the aether should be flowing past us at a speed close 30 km/s to 30 km/s, since the aether is surely at rest relative to the stars.
8 Swimming The Aether Sea ac b w Michelson’s clever idea: Speed of water relative to bank: 3 ft/s Speed of swimmer relative to water: 5 ft/s Who wins the race?
10 A Glorious “Failure” “The interpretation of these results is that there is no displacement of the interference bands. … The result of the hypothesis of a stationary aether is thus shown to be incorrect.” A. A. Michelson, Am. J. Sci., 122, 120 (1881) Nobel Prize 1907!
11 The Lorentz-FitzGerald Theory FitzGerald (1851-1901) Lorentz (1853-1928) http://www-history.mcs.st-and.ac.uk/~history/Mathematicians
13 14 March, 1879, Ulm, Germany Hermann Einstein Pauline Einstein Albert
14 Aarau Class of 1896 From 1896-1900, Einstein was enrolled at the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule, Zurich Marcel Grossman
15 Technical Expert, Third Class Einstein got a job at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern, on the 23 June 1902 Six months later, he married his Serbian girlfriend, Mileva
16 1905 – Annus Mirabilis l 17 March l A new theory of light l 30 April l A new method to infer the size of molecules l 11 May l A new theory of Brownian motion l 30 June l A new theory of space and time
17 Special Relativity Principles l The Principle of Relativity: The laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames of reference l The speed of light, in vacuum, is independent of the motion of its source It follows from the above that the speed of light must be independent of the motion of the observer, also.
18 Time Dilation c T v T d (c T) 2 = (v T) 2 + d 2 T = time in frame in which clock is moving
19 Time Dilation – II Stationary clock frame d = c t Moving clock frame (c T) 2 = (v T) 2 + d 2 t =T / t = time in frame in which clock is stationary
20 Length Contraction You:D = v T d = v t d / t = v = D / Td = D / (T / t) d = D / Prof
21 Time Dilation and Length Contraction Moving clocks tick more slowly Moving lengths contract T is time in moving clock frame t is time in stationary clock frame D is length in stationary object frame d is length in moving object frame
22 Moving clocks run more slowly! Moving objects shorten! But, what Einstein recognized is that this effect must, by the principle of relativity, be perfectly symmetrical between different frames of reference.
23 Cosmic Ray Muons ~ 20 km Muon lifetime 2 ~ 2 microsecond Time to the ground 20km / 300,000 km/s 70 ~ 70 microsecond For every 35 microseconds of our clock, the muon’s “clock” advances only 1 microsecond!
24 Space + Time = Spacetime The distinction between past, present and future is only an illusion, even if a stubborn one. Albert Einstein
25 Earth’s Time Axis 3007 AD 2007 AD 2507 AD y x now Event: A place at a given time Spacetime: The set of all events (t,x,y,z) A B CD O
26 Summary l Michelson found no evidence of motion through an aether. l Lorentz and Fitzgerald proposed a clever, but ad hoc, theory to explain the result l Einstein’s theory is based on two principles: l Principle of relativity l Principle of relativity: The laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames of reference l The speed of light is independent of the motion of the light source
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