Abstract

The history of the idea of variation of frequency with velocity is followed through Voigt, Larmor, Lorentz, and Einstein. The Michelson-Morley experiment is explainable by any contraction of dimensions in the ratio (1υ2/c2)12:1 along and transverse to the direction of motion. To each contraction corresponds a different value of frequency change. The theoretical speculations pointing to the relation νm=ν0(1υ2/c2)12 are discussed, together with the significance of the experimental test by means of canal rays.

© 1947 Optical Society of America

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