Flux Capacitors and the Origin of Inertia

Foundations of Physics 34 (10):1475-1514 (2004)
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The explanation of inertia based on “Mach's principle” is briefly revisited and an experiment whereby the gravitational origin of inertia can be tested is described. The test consists of detecting a small stationary force with a sensitive force sensor. The force is presumably induced when a periodic transient Mach effect mass fluctuation is driven in high voltage, high energy density capacitors that are subjected to 50 kHz, 1.3 kV amplitude voltage signal, and threaded by an alternating magnetic flux of the same frequency. An effect of the sort predicted is shown to be present in the device tested. It has the expected magnitude and depends on the relative phase of the Mach effect mass fluctuation and the alternating magnetic flux as expected. The observed effect also displays scaling behaviors that are unique to Mach effects. Other tests for spurious signals suggest that the observed effect is real

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What is the Cause of Inertia?James F. Woodward & Thomas Mahood - 1999 - Foundations of Physics 29 (6):899-930.
Gravity, Inertia, and Quantum Vacuum Zero Point Fields.James F. Woodward - 2001 - Foundations of Physics 31 (5):819-835.

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