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‘Redshift’ in Electromagnetic Waves

David John Smith1*

1Retired Engineer, Rotherham, United Kingdom.
BSc and ARCS were awarded in 1973 by the University of London, Imperial College, United Kingdom.

*Corresponding Author:
Smith DJ
Retired Engineer
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 7966547679
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Received Date: August 11, 2016; Accepted Date: August 20, 2016; Published Date: August 28, 2016

Citation: Smith DJ (2016) ‘Redshift’ in Electromagnetic Waves. Fluid Mech Open Acc 3:131.

Copyright: © 2016 Smith DJ. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Electromagnetic waves are commonly described in terms of Maxwell’s Equations but it is often neglected that an essential part of Maxwell’s theory was that such waves propagate through an ethereal medium. According to Maxwell, it is the electromagnetic properties of this medium that determine the speed of light. As the aether has never been detected it has been conveniently ignored for over a century. However, since the 1990’s it has been accepted that around 70% of the mass energy density of the universe can be attributed to “dark energy”. This article considers that aether and dark energy are alternative descriptions of the same entity. By considering the propagation of spherical waves through such a medium, it is shown that the aether should have a finite electrical conductivity as well as the magnetic permeability and electrical permittivity considered by Maxwell. This finite conductivity results in thermal dissipation and a loss of transmitted energy giving a consequential ‘redshift’ in frequency and wavelength of electromagnetic waves. This ‘redshift’ is compared to that detected in astronomical observations of distant galaxies. It is concluded that this could provide an alternative explanation for phenomena that have been used to justify the current model of the universe.


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