Proposal for an absolute, atomic definition of mass
Wignall, J W.G.
71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; ELEMENTARY PARTICLES; MASS; DE BROGLIE WAVELENGTH; FREQUENCY MEASUREMENT; 661100; CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS
It is proposed that the mass of a particle be defined absolutely as its de Broglie frequency, measured as the mean de Broglie wavelength of the particle when it has a mean speed (v) and Lorentz factor {gamma}; the masses of systems too large to have a measurable de Broglie wavelength mean are then to be derived by specifying the usual inertial and additive properties of mass. This definition avoids the use of an arbitrary macroscopic standard such as the prototype kilogram, and, if present theory is correct, does not even require the choice of a specific particle as a mass standard. Suggestions are made as to how this absolute mass can be realized and measured at the macroscopic level and, finally, some comments are made on the effect of the new definition on the form of the equations of physics. 19 refs.
Melbourne Univ., Parkville, VIC (Australia). School of Physics
OSTI; NTIS (US Sales Only); INIS
Australia
1991-11-01
English
Technical Report
Other Information: PBD: Nov 1991
Medium: X; Size: [11] p.
ON: DE93609842
UM-P-91/26
Other: ON: DE93609842; TRN: AU9212909003174
INIS; SCA: 661100; PA: AIX-24:003174; SN: 93000913692
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