"How to analyze certain experiments," by Christian Fronsdal (UCLA)

Friday, April 29, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm
Plasma Seminars

Plasma Seminar

Physics & Astronomy Building (PAB) Room 4-330
Friday, April 29, 2016

Guest Speaker: Christian Fronsdal (UCLA)

Talk Title: "How to analyze certain experiments"


Experiments carried out by H.A. Wilson in 1904 were analyzed by Einstein and Laub in 1908. This analysis was rejected by Pellegrini and Laub in 1995 and was the subject of much debate. The experiment was repeated by Wilson and Wilson in 1913 and by Herzberg et al in 2001. The analysis has been the subject of much debate, some of it misdirected. This problem is not an isolated one but a symptom of a failure of some branches of theoretical physics to reach a high level of development. The answer may perhaps be found in magnetohydrodynamics.

I shall give a brief account of a new action principle for hydrodynamics and thermodynamics, and apply it to this problem. I am hoping to learn how plasma physicists would approach it.

PAB 4-330