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The Mass of a Photon estimated by Pulsar Dispersion Measurement (DM)

Author:

Serret, Olivier

Category:

Research Papers

Sub-Category:

Relativity Theory

Language:

English

Date Published:

October 16, 2018

Downloads:

39

Keywords:

Dispersion Measurement, DM, Pulsar, PSR, Photon mass, photon rest mass, nonzero mass, relativistic mass

Abstract:

The theory of the Relativity postulates that the celerity of the photon in vacuum is constant, which has the consequence that its mass would be zero. However, radio waves of pulsars come in dispersed order (DM) according to their frequency, which means that their propagation speed is different and less than the celerity of light in vacuum. Using the Dispersion Measurements and applying the Lorentz factor to the photon, it is calculated here that the rest mass of the photon would be about 10 -47 kg (≈ 10 -11 eV/c²). This demonstration is part of the more general framework of Neo-Newtonian Mechanics.

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