Introductory Comments  

At the time of the completion of this work in 1990, there was scant published literature challenging the validity of the principles of the Special Theory of Relativity (STR). This was primarily the result of editorial policies declaring STR to be a "scientific fact" rather than a theory. This unprecedented exclusionary policy is still in effect today. The scientific and academic institutions have also suppressed challenges to STR, relegating such work to the status of "pseudo science." Fortunately, the development of the Internet provides an alternative means of publication that circumvents this institutional bias. Yet, as the past one hundred years has shown, logic alone cannot dissuade those whose academic and professional careers are steeped in the principles of STR. Only a definitive experiment that is not subject to the machinations of STR will do.

Today, the U.S. government commits enormous resources in support of experiments designed to further "confirm" the General Theory of Relativity and to search for such elusive phenomena as gravitational waves.  Valuable time aboard space shuttle missions that could be used to test alternatives to STR is instead used to deploy high school level experiments involving ant farms, spinning tops, and motorized toys.  One would like to believe that among the billions of dollars spent on such esoteric projects, a small amount could be earmarked for relatively simple experiments that would at once expose the fallacy of STR and significantly change the course of modern physics.         

With the rapid advancement of technology, contradictions to STR arise with increasing frequency.  The optical gyroscope directly contradicts the principles of STR since its very function relies upon a preferred frame of reference for light transmission.  Yet, proponents of STR are able to wriggle free through the sophistry of "rotating frames of reference."  Thus, experiments must be carefully designed to avoid such convenient avenues of escape.      

The experiment proposed in the original publication of this work in 1990 utilized a photographic plate to record the displacement of a light pulse emitted parallel and anti-parallel to platform motion.  This method was chosen since beam impact points would not be subject to interpretation, but instead would constitute concrete physical evidence.  With the improved technology of photon detectors, the photographic plate has been replaced by a quadrant detector in the latest version of the experiment.  No concepts of clocks, synchronicity, or frames of reference are introduced into the experiment.  The experimental design is easily deployed and provides continuous output such that external disturbances can be identified and removed from the resulting data.  In addition, the direction of beam deflection is both predictable and verifiable and is thus capable of providing the unmistakable signature of a transmitting medium.  As such, the proposed design is superior to experimental configurations using interferometer technology.  

Ultimately the fallacy of STR will be exposed.   When that time arrives, those who defended the theory with such intolerance and conceit will insist that they never really believed it, but that the theory merely provided a convenient method to describe electromagnetic phenomena at the time.  

I hope that day of revelation comes soon.

Frank G. Pearce

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