On the Michelson-Morley experiment

  title={On the Michelson-Morley experiment},
  author={Marco Mamone Capria and Fernanda Pambianco},
  journal={Foundations of Physics},
A rigorous wave-theoretic approach to the Michelson-Morley (M-M) experiment is presented, with special emphasis on the Huygens' principle derivation of the laws of reflection by a moving mirror. A detailed discussion of the Lorentz-Fitzgerald contraction hypothesis (CH) is included. Several mistakes appearing in the standard textbook treatments of these issues are pointed out, and a number of related historical questions are considered.