Russian Physics Journal, Vol. 61, No. 2, June, 2018 (Russian Original No. 2, February, 2018)
VERIFICATION OF THE RIGIDITY OF THE COULOMB FIELD
S. V. Blinov
and I. É. Bulyzhenkov
Laplace, analyzing the stability of the Solar System, was the first to calculate that the velocity of the motion of
force fields can significantly exceed the velocity of light waves. In electrodynamics, the Coulomb field should
rigidly accompany its source for instantaneous force action in distant regions. Such rigid motion was recently
inferred from experiments at the Frascati Beam Test Facility with short beams of relativistic electrons. The
comments of the authors on their observations are at odds with the comments of theoreticians on retarded
potentials, which motivates a detailed study of the positions of both sides. Predictions of measurements, based
on the Lienard–Wiechert potentials, are used to propose an unambiguous scheme for testing the rigidity of the
Coulomb field. Realization of the proposed experimental scheme could independently refute or support the
assertions of the Italian physicists regarding the rigid motion of Coulomb fields and likewise the nondual field
approach to macroscopic reality.
Keywords: test of long-range action, rigid field motion, retarded potentials, nonlocality.
Regarding the propagation of field effects in nature, scientists have been arguing since ancient times. In modern
physics, the concept has held steadfast, according to which no signal carrying information can be transmitted faster than
the speed of light. This is in accord with the special theory of relativity, in which the speed of light is the limit for all
motions of massive bodies. If we assume the existence of superluminal signals, then this will lead to a set of paradoxes
of the theory of relativistic motion of bodies in empty space.
At the same time, physical assumptions and calculations are well known which call into question such
a categorical approach to the description of reality (the Einstein–Podolsky–Rosen paradox, instantaneous reduction of
the Neumann background of the wave function, etc.). Earlier, Laplace established that if the gravitational field
propagates with finite velocity, then as a consequence of the delay of the visible position of the planets with respect to
their real position a component of the force will appear along the velocity vector. In this situation, the gravitational field
of the Sun ceases to be strictly central and rapidly throws the planetary system into complete disarray on account of the
emerging torque. This fact was known as early as the time of Newton . On the basis of the age of the Solar System
known to Laplace, he calculated that the velocity of propagation of the forces of gravity exceeds the velocity of light by
not less than a factor of 7,000,000 [2, p. 309].
As in the gravitation of stable cosmic systems, so also in classical electrodynamics there are analogous force-
based interactions from which it is possible to expect instantaneous long-range action according to the Newtonian
principle of action-at-a-distance without intermediaries. Despite the colossal number of experiments confirming the
limitation of the speed of propagation of electromagnetic wave signals, many questions regarding the nonlocal self-
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University), Dolgoprudny, Moscow Oblast, Russia, e-
P. N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-
mail: email@example.com. Translated from Izvestiya Vysshikh Uchebnykh Zavedenii, Fizika, No. 2, pp. 105–112,
January, 2018. Original article submitted September 19, 2017.
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