The Allais effect: A flaw in General Relativity?
Date: Friday, August 20, 2004 @ 21:27:44 GMT
Since that first observation, the “Allais effect”, as it is now called, has confounded physicists. If the effect is real, it could indicate a hitherto unperceived flaw in General Relativity—the current explanation of how gravity works.
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Conventional explanations for observations of anomalous behaviour of mechanical
systems during solar eclipses are critically reviewed. These observations include the work
of Allais with paraconical pendula, those of Saxl and Allen with a torsion pendulum and
measurements with gravimeters. Attempts of replications of these experiments and recent
gravimeter results are discussed and unpublished data by Latham and by Saxl et al. is
presented. Some of the data are summarized and reanalyzed. Especially, attention is paid
to observations of tilt of the vertical, which seems to play an important role in this matter.
Recommendations for future research are given and its possible relevance to the Pioneer
Anomaly is discussed. It is concluded that all the proposed conventional explanations
either qualitatively or quantitatively fail to explain the observations.
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