Revisiting the Ives and Stillwell Atomic Clock Experiment

Posted by Steven Bryant On February - 7 - 2009


Revisiting the Ives and Stillwell experiment: Comparing the accuracy of SRT against the model of Complete and Incomplete Coordinate Systems


This paper compares the predicted results of SRT and the CICS model against the actual results of the Ives Stillwell experiment. CICS is shown to predict the results of the experiment as well as, or better than, SRT.


Special Relativity Theory (SRT) is one theory that accurately explains the results of the Ives and Stillwell atomic clock experiment. SRT has been challenged on mathematical grounds with the discovery of inconsistencies in the derivation of the transformation equations. The model of Complete and Incomplete Coordinate Systems (CICS) corrects the mathematical and theoretical problems with SRT and defines a set of equations for oscillating waves in moving systems. Here we show that the CICS model offers better predictive capabilities than SRT in evaluating the Ives and Stillwell experiment, as measured by the amount of error between the predicted and actual results. Importantly, this finding supports the use of one-half a wavelength in the CICS equations to account for the bi-directional nature of wavelength.


  • Created: August 2005
  • Last Revised: October 2005
  • Publication Status: ¬†Published by Galilean Electrodynamics in July/August 2008

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