Abstract

Based on a thought experiment of Von Laue, a deforming-light-path ring-laser experiment is proposed. The thought experiment of Von Laue provides not only a well-founded explanation of rotating-mirror experiments with nondeforming light paths, but is also applicable to the problems of deforming-light-path devices. Von Laue’s experiment, in its original form, can probably be performed only as a deforming-closed-light-path experiment. Von Laue’s straight movable device may be used as an inseparable part of a ring interferometer or ring laser. In another possible form of a deforming-light-path experiment, the closed deforming light path is a fiber and beat frequencies are caused by the light-path-directed motion of the fiber.

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