Michelson-Morley experiment


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Michelson-Morley experiment

(ˌmaɪkəlsənˈmɔːlɪ)
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(General Physics) an experiment first performed in 1887 by A. A. Michelson and E. W. Morley, in which an interferometer was used to attempt to detect a difference in the velocities of light in directions parallel and perpendicular to the earth's motion. The negative result was explained by the special theory of relativity
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Noun1.Michelson-Morley experiment - a celebrated experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward MorleyMichelson-Morley experiment - a celebrated experiment conducted by Albert Michelson and Edward Morley; their failure to detect any influence of the earth's motion on the velocity of light was the starting point for Einstein's theory of relativity
experiment, experimentation - the act of conducting a controlled test or investigation
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Modern Michelson-Morley Experiment Using Cryogenic Optical Resonators Physical Review Letters, 2003, v.
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This failure was reinforced by the supposed failure of the earliest experiment designed to detect such structure by means of light speed anisotropy: the 1887 Michelson-Morley experiment [1].

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