May 13, 2015
The A.H. Compton scattering experiments between loosely bound electrons and x-rays provided two distinct results1: One in which the scattered beam was the same wavelength as the primary beam (elastic collision), and the other, in which the scattered wavelength was increased (inelastic collision). Collectively, they were interpreted as being experimental proof of energy quantization and specifically, of Einstein's photon theory of light. Compton's use of relativistic equations and his apparently unqualified acceptance of the equivalence of mass and energy, also lent credence to special relativity theory, while it will be shown that it is in fact, its experimental refutation. While the logical anomalies in the special theory have been exposed by many authors since its publication, belief in it persists because of its presumed agreement with experiment. This paper demonstrates that this is not the case, and should therefore remove the last vestige of authenticity for the theory.
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