Candidate in-orbit experiment to test the electromagnetic inertia manipulation concept

Brito, Hector Hugo
January 2000
AIP Conference Proceedings;2000, Vol. 504 Issue 1, p1032
Academic Journal
Concerning the electromagnetic field-matter interactions in polarizable media, different formulations predict strongly different results, especially for quasi-stationary fields (Abraham-Minkowski controversy). It has recently been shown that under the assumption of Minkowski’s Energy-Momentum tensor being the right one, by suitably manipulating those fields, the inertial properties of the generating device—the Electro-Magnetic Inertia Manipulation (EMIM) thruster — can be modified, which translates into a force-producing effect on the device as part of a closed system. An experimental setup was built up which consisted of mounting the device as a seismic mass atop a mechanical suspension, where the vibratory motion was detected via a piezoceramic strain transducer and the use of DSP techniques. Processed data pointed to a mechanical vibration induced by EM inertia manipulation, as predicted by Minkowski’s formulation, after all other sources of vibration were taken into account, or removed when possible. However, no direct detection of the sought effect has been obtained up to now. A candidate experiment to be performed in orbit environment is subsequently proposed to assess, beyond all doubt, the validity of these ground testing results, which basically consists of an improved version of the thruster working in a “push and pull” mode onto an International Space Station based platform (Free-Flyer type), as part of the Advanced Propulsion Technology R&D foreseen activities. The existence and strength of EMIM propulsion effects can be assessed by laser interferometry tracking of the platform center of mass. As a bonus, the experiment rationale can be applied to any “propellantless” or breakthrough propulsion physics concept reducible to a force-producing device. © 2000 American Institute of Physics.


Related Articles

  • On the collision rate of particles in turbulent flow with gravity. Dodin, Z.; Elperin, T. // Physics of Fluids;Aug2002, Vol. 14 Issue 8, p2921 

    Formula for the collision rate of inertial particles in a homogeneous isotropic stationary turbulent flow with gravity is derived. The obtained formula yields correct results for two special cases, where the formula by Saffman and Turner [J. Fluid Mech. 1, 16 (1956)] fails. In the case of the...

  • Beyond E=mc2. Haisch, Bernhard; Rueda, Alfonso // Sciences;Nov/Dec94, Vol. 34 Issue 6, p26 

    Presents an alternative theory on the inertial and gravitational aspects of matter. Criticisms on the relativity theory of matter and state; Absolute space; Inertial mass arising from electrostatic self-energy; Implications of zero-point field (ZPF); Inertia and gravity as manifestations of...

  • Fluctuation-Induced Electromagnetic Interaction of a Moving Particle with a Plane Surface. Dedkov, G. V.; Kyasov, A. A. // Physics of the Solid State;Jan2001, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p176 

    The most general (nonrelativistic) formulas for the force of attraction to the surface and for the drag of a nonrelativistic atom moving parallel to it, as well as for the lateral and normal forces acting on a moving dipole molecule and on a charged particle (in the case of parallel and...

  • Rocket science? Hartfiel, Robin // Dealernews;May95, Vol. 31 Issue 5, p4 

    Likens the management of a motorcycle dealership to an exercise in physics. Isaac Newton's law of inertia; Action of dealers and reaction of customers; Dynamic changes in the powersports market.

  • Ringdown of inertial waves during spin-up from rest of a fluid contained in a rotating cylindrical cavity. Stergiopoulos, S.; Aldridge, K. D. // Physics of Fluids (00319171);Feb87, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p302 

    Time-dependent complex eigenfrequencies for traveling inertial waves in a rotating cylinder of fluid have been measured while the fluid was spun up from rest. The waves were excited by precessing the lid of the cylindrical container at a frequency near a predicted eigenfrequency for a given...

  • FEEDBACK. Grineski, Steve // Teaching Elementary Physical Education;May99, Vol. 10 Issue 3, p5 

    Focuses on the issues related to physical education in Minnesota. Details on the travel cost; Methods for social inertia; Roles for service training.

  • Rotational kinematics influence multimodal perception of heaviness. Matthew Streit; Kevin Shockley; Anthony W. Morris; Michael A. Riley // Psychonomic Bulletin & Review;Apr2007, Vol. 14 Issue 2, p363 

    Perceived heaviness has been shown to be specific to an object's rotational inertia (I), its resistance to rotational acceleration. According to the kinematic specification of dynamics (KSD) principle, we hypothesized that I is optically specified by rotational kinematics. Using virtual...

  • Rolling ribbons get the bends. S. K. B. // Physics Today;Sep2010, Vol. 63 Issue 9, p19 

    The article reports on the study concerning the changes of the width of a rolling band that are subject to gravitational and inertial forces.

  • Nonequilibrium solvation: An ab initio quantum-mechanical method in the continuum cavity model approximation. Aguilar, M. A.; Olivares del Valle, F. J.; Tomasi, J. // Journal of Chemical Physics;5/1/1993, Vol. 98 Issue 9, p7375 

    The electrostatic relationships necessary for the quantum-mechanical evaluation of the properties of a solute experiencing sudden changes in its internal charge distribution are here presented in a form suitable to perform accurate quantum-mechanical calculations of the solute properties....


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics