The basic Ralph Sansbury experiment amounts to a 1990s version of the Michelson/Moreley experiment using lasers and

nanosecond gates, which Michelson and Moreley did not have. Wallace Thornhill, an Australian physicist, describes it: I mentioned a few weeks ago that an epoch making experiment had been performed in the realm of fundamental physics which had great importance for Velikovskian style catastrophism (and just about everything else for that matter). The experiment, performed by Ralph Sansbury, is amazingly simple but has amazing consequences. Sansbury is a quiet spoken physicist from Connecticut. He is associated with the Classical Physics Institute, or CP Institute, of New York which publishes the Journal of Classical Physics. In the Notes to Contributors we find the focus of the journal: "Marinov's experiment, Bell's theorem, and similar works reveal increasing discontent with the dogmas of modern physics. Some physicists postulate that blackbody radiation, atomic spectra, nuclear reactions, electron diffraction, the speed of light and all other phenomena which Quantum Wave Mechanics and Relativity were designed to explain will require different explanations. It is the viewpoint of this journal that the new explanations probably will be consistent with Aristotelian logic and Newtonian or Galilean mechanics." Volume 1, Part 1, in January 1982 was devoted to an article titled "Electron Structure", by Ralph Sansbury. The title itself should raise physicist's eyebrows since electrons are considered to have no structure. They are treated as being indivisible, along with quarks. The fallout from Sansbury's idea, if proven, is prodigious. To begin, for the first time we have a truly unifying theory where both magnetism and gravity become a derived form of instantaneous electrostatic force. The Lorentz contraction-dilation of space time and mass is unnecessary. Electromagnetic radiation becomes the cumulative effect of instantaneous electrostatic forces at a distance and the wave/particle (photon) duality disappears. Discontinuous absorption/emission of energy in quanta by atoms becomes a continuous process. And there is more. Sansbury's was a thousand dollar experiment using 10 nanosecond long pulses of laser light, one pulse every 400 nsec. At some distance from the laser was a photodiode detector. But in the light path, directly in front of the detector was a high speed electronic shutter (known as a Pockel cell) which could be switched to allow the laser light through to the detector, or stop it. Now, light is considered to travel as a wavefront or photon at the speed of light. Viewed this way, it covers a distance of about 1 foot per nanosecond. So the laser could be regarded as sending out 10ft long bursts of light every 400ft, at the speed of light. The experiment simply kept the Pockel cell shutter closed during the 400ft of no light and opened to allow the 10ft burst through to the detector. What happened? The detector saw nothing!!! It is as if a gun were fired at a target and for the time of flight of the bullet a shield were placed over the target. At the last moment, the shield is pulled away - and the bullet has disappeared; the target is untouched! What does it mean? Only that Maxwell's theory of the propagation of electromagnetic waves is wrong! Only that Einstein's Special theory of relativity (which was to reconcile Maxwell's theory with simple kinematics) is wrong! Only that, as a result, the interpretation of most of modern physics is wrong!
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As another classical physicist using a theoretical approach to the same problem succinctly put it: "... there emerges the outline of an alternative "relativistic" physics, quite distinct from that of MaxwellEinstein, fully as well confirmed by the limited observations available to date, and differing from it not only in innumerable testable ways but also in basic physical concepts and even in definitional or ethnical (sic) premises as to the nature of physics. Thus a death struggle is joined that must result in the destruction of one world-system or the other: Either light is complicated and matter simple, as I think, or matter is complicated and light simple, as Einstein thought. I have shown here that some elegant mathematics can be put behind my view. It has long been known that inordinate amounts of elegant mathematics can be put behind Einstein's. Surely the time fast approaches to stop listening to mathematical amplifications of our own internal voices and to go into the laboratory and listen to what nature has to say." Modifications of Maxwell's Equations, T E Phipps, The Classical Journal of Physics, Vol 2, 1, Jan 1983, p. 21. Ralph Sansbury has now done precisely that! In simple terms, Sansbury gives the electron a structure by proposing a number of charged particles (he calls subtrons) orbiting within the classical radius of an electron. A simple calculation gives the surprising result that these subtrons are moving at a speed of 2.5 million light years per second! That is, they could theoretically cover the distance from Earth to the far side of the Andromeda galaxy in one second. This gives some meaning to the term 'instantaneous action at a distance'. (Note that this is a requirement for any new theory of gravity). Also I have always considered it evidence of peculiar naivety or arrogance on the part of scientists, such as Sagan, who search for extra-terrestrial intelligence (SETI) by using radio signals. What superior intelligence would use such a slow, and therefore useless, interstellar signaling system?) Such near infinite speed requires that there can be no mass increase with velocity. The speed of light is not a speed barrier. All of the experiments which seem to support Einstein's notion are interpreted by Sansbury in a more common-sense fashion. When an electron or other charged particle is accelerated in an electromagnetic field, it is distorted from a sphere into an ellipsoid. The more electromagnetic energy applied to accelerating the particle, the more energy is absorbed by distortion of the particle until, ultimately, at the speed of light, there is an expulsion of the subtrons. Under such conditions, the particle only APPEARS to be gaining mass. Notably, in the past few months, scientists in Hamburg using the most powerful electron microscope have found on about a dozen occasions out of 10 million trials, relativistic electrons recoiled more violently off protons than had ever been seen before. This may turn out to be direct experimental proof of Sansbury's model of the electron having structure. To return to the experiment involving a "chopped" light beam: One of the major requirements of the new theory is instantaneous electrostatic forces between subtrons. This forms the basis of a radical new view of the basis of electromagnetic radiation which is now the subject of stunning experimental confirmation.
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In Sansbury's view, a signal from a light source is received instantly by a distant detector and the speed of light delay in detecting the signal is due to the time taken for the ACCUMULATED RESPONSE of the subtrons in the detector to result in a threshold signal at the electron level. This is totally at variance with orthodox interpretations which would have the light travelling as a discrete photon or wave packet at the speed of light. In terms of the gun and target analogy, it is as if particles of the bullet are being absorbed by the shield from the instant of firing, so that when the shield is pulled aside there is no bullet left to hit the target. It is not possible to overstate the importance of this work because it lends direct support to a new model of the electron in particular, and matter in general, which EXPLAINS magnetism, gravity and quantum effects without any resort to the kind of metaphysics which allows our top physicists to think they can see "God" in their equations. The new classical physicists can mix it with the best of them when it comes to the mathematics but they are more prepared to "go into the laboratory and listen to what nature has to say." This work is of crucial importance for Velikovskian re-arrangements of the solar system in recent times because astronomers have been able to say that such scenarios defy the laws of physics - which is true, insofar as they know the laws of physics. To discover that gravity is a form of charge polarization within the particles that make up the atom, rather than a warp in space (whatever the hell that means), gives us a simple mechanism by which the solar system can be rapidly stabilised after a period of chaotic motion. There is an impression, as I reread the work of Sansbury and other classical physicists, that what we are facing is something like "Back to the Future". And like the movie of that name, the possibilities that we encounter will seem like science fiction come true. But it is well-known that science fiction writers are better at predicting the future of science than experts! * One of the major requirements of the new theory is instantaneous electrostatic forces between subtrons. This forms the basis of a radical new view of the basis of electromagnetic radiation which is now the subject of stunning experimental confirmation.

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