Relativistic impedance change of compressed space

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2018
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Basart, John P.
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Mina, Mani
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Permittivity and permeability of free space appear in the formulas for electrostatic force and magnetostatic force in the SI system of units. One school of thought is that these two numbers are merely scale factors that give the correct numerical values and units of force in Newtons in the SI system. Another school of thought is that since these two quantities have units of farads/meter and henrys/meter, respectively, they could actually be descriptive of space. We propose an experiment that might possibly measure the impedance of space compressed by a relativistic traveling spacecraft. Whether the experiment gives positive or negative results, it might settle the matter about the meaning of the electromagnetic quantities.
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This article is published as Basart, John P., and Mani Mina. "Relativistic impedance change of compressed space." Physics Essays 31, no. 3 (2018): 241-245. DOI: 10.4006/0836-1398-31.3.241. Copyright 2018 Physics Essays Publication. Posted with permission.
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