Spaceframes experiment: (not to be confused with Spaceships
experiment on pages 4-8)
To show consequences of the qm we will employ two huge "spaceframes," frame A and frame B.
The (x=0, y=0) locations on the coordinate systems of the spaceframes are next to one another
as shown. The distance along the sides of the spaceframes is 1 ls which, as you know, is 3E8 m.
Slender tubes (blue) along the sides of the frames are connected to spaceships (black rectangles)
at the corners of the frames, as shown. To be visible, the spaceships are enlarged 150000x. The entire
apparatus is very flexible and the 1 ls square shape depends on the positioning of the ships.
This positioning is done automatically by radar ranging and engine control systems in each ship.
It takes 2 s on a clock at the origin of frame A or B for a radar signal (photons) emitted at the origin
to travel to a ship at the 1 ls location on the x or y axis and return. Radar ranging is also used to
locate distance marks every 0.1 ls along the axes of the frames, as shown. Located at each mark is an
observer(c) with a large digital clock that can be seen by all observers (with telescopes) on A and B.
The clocks display the time in seconds and to an accuracy of .000001 s.
Time aboard A and B is kept by "light clocks." Each clock consists of a 1 m
long box within which a light signal oscillates back and forth plus a counter to count the number of oscillations
and register 1 s for every 15E7 round trips of the oscillating light signal, 0.001 s for every 15E4
round trips, etc. The light clocks are initially positioned in frames A and B so the oscillating light signals move
parallel to the y axis, but it will become apparent that the times kept by these clocks do not depend on
their orientation and that the time kept aboard A and B does not depend on using light clocks.
Initially the frames are at rest in the quantum medium far from any large concentrations
of matter. Therefore, the speed of light relative to the frames is 1 ca in all directions, and the pattern of
cosmic microwave background radiation measured aboard the frames does not have the dipole observed in our solar system.
To prepare for this experiment, frame B moves far in the
−x direction to permit it to
accelerate in the +x direction and then coast toward frame A with a velocity that
observers(c) aboard frames A and B determine to be v=.6 c in the
+x direction. Because frame A is at rest in the qm, the observed .6 c velocity of B
relative to A means that the absolute velocity of B is va=.6 ca. This absolute velocity of B causes
clocks and all other processes aboard B to slow, and it has other consequences for B as we will now show.