Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium, Kuala-Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 - 30 March 2012, pp.470-472
A new proof of the non-constancy of speed of light in vacuum is obtained in the process of solving the damped wave equation with a mirror boundary in uniform rectilinear motion with respect to a simple, lossy medium and with specific conditions for the other boundary, using Laplace transform. Lorentz transformation is also needed in the proof. However because of the need to assign different speeds of light in vacuum to the two moving media, the resulting solution has further to be stretched in time, in addition to the hyperbolic rotation of the Lorentz transformation. The existing methods in literature to solve the involved damped wave equation are employed and a simple solution is proposed when the boundary conditions are of a special class. In the solution Laplace transform technique is used to convert the partial differential equation into an ordinary one. The uniform rectilinear motion of the mirror boundary and the particular type of conditions treated for the other boundary, permit a solution by this technique. The presentation of the work is organized as a series of three papers with the same title but with an extension in the title as Part (I), Part (II) and Part (III). In Part (I), the moving mirror boundary condition is imposed and the new proof for the non-constancy of speed of light in vacuum is introduced. In Part (II) different speeds of light in vacuum for K and K' are incorporated in the differential equation. In Part (III), which is the present paper, an example is worked out that illustrates the ideas developed in the first two parts. The result of the solution takes into account different speeds of light for the two reference frames involved.