A tabletop experiment for the direct measurement of the speed of light

@article{Aoki2008ATE,
  title={A tabletop experiment for the direct measurement of the speed of light},
  author={Kenichiro Aoki and Takahisa Mitsui},
  journal={American Journal of Physics},
  year={2008},
  volume={76},
  pages={812-815}
}
  • K. Aoki, T. Mitsui
  • Published 28 May 2007
  • Physics, Education
  • American Journal of Physics
We describe a tabletop experiment for the direct measurement of the speed of light to an accuracy of a few percent. The experiment is accessible to students not majoring in science or engineering. The experiment can include a measurement of the index of refraction of a sample. We discuss the experimental apparatus and safety considerations. The results and limitations of the experiment are analyzed, based partly on our experience in employing the experiment in student laboratories. 

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