Thursday, March 14, 2013

1003.0507 (Carl E. Wulfman)

Physical Consequences of a Special Conformal Invariance of Maxwell's

Carl E. Wulfman
The velocity of light is invariant under transformations that alter space-time metrics, while leaving Maxwell's equations invariant. A one-parameter special conformal invariance group of the equations exposes an ambiguity in current interpretations of the Doppler effect. Comparisons between Doppler measurements and direct measurements of velocities and positions of distant spacecraft could determine the value of the group parameter. The metric is a conformal metric and not a Minkowski metric if the group parameter is found to be non-zero. In this case, current understandings of the physics of EM wave transmission, the Doppler effect, and Hubble's relations, must be substantially revised.
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