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written by Michael Fowler and Jacquie Hui Wan Ching
This web page contains a simulation that recreates the Michelson-Morley experiment. The main objective of this experiment was to prove the existence of the medium in which light propagated: the luminiferous aether. This simulation allows the user to experiment with the interferometer by changing the speed of light and rotating its plane. It also has the possibility to include the aether. At the bottom of the page a l;ink to the theory involved is provided.

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Electricity & Magnetism
- Electromagnetic Radiation
- Interference
- Miscellaneous
- Special Relativity
- Lower Undergraduate
- High School
- Upper Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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= Curriculum support
= Interactive Simulation
= Tutorial
- Audio/Visual
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- Educators
- Learners
- application/flash
- text/html
- application/javascript
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© 2003 Michael Fowler
Aether, Interferometer, Michelson-Morley, Speed of Light
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M. Fowler and J. Hui Wan Ching, (2003), WWW Document, (
M. Fowler and J. Hui Wan Ching, Michelson-Morley Experiment (2003), <>.
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Fowler, M., & Hui Wan Ching, J. (2007, August 6). Michelson-Morley Experiment. Retrieved June 16, 2024, from
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Fowler, Michael, and Jacquie Hui Wan Ching. Michelson-Morley Experiment. August 6, 2007. (accessed 16 June 2024).
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Fowler, Michael, and Jacquie Hui Wan Ching. Michelson-Morley Experiment. 2003. 6 Aug. 2007. 16 June 2024 <>.
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