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What and how the Michelson interferometer measures

  title={What and how the Michelson interferometer measures},
  author={V. V. Demjanov},
  journal={arXiv: General Physics},
  • V. V. Demjanov
  • Published 2010
  • Physics
  • arXiv: General Physics
  • Proposed by Maxwell in 1879 detector of aether seems, at a superficial glance, a simple device. For example, Michelson in 1881 thought that he built an instrument that (when you turn it in the horizontal plane) will measure in vacuum (refractive index n=1) the harmonic shift of the interference fringe. In reality the case is much more involved. Not at once it was understood (the misunderstanding lasted about 90 years) that the shift of interference fringe occurs only when the carriers of light… CONTINUE READING
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