AAS 207th Meeting, 8-12 January 2006
Session 200 Gravity: Lenses, Dark Matter and Waves
Oral, Thursday, 2:00-3:30pm, January 12, 2006, Ballroom/Salon 2

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[200.08] The Pioneer Maser Signal Anomaly: Possible Confirmation of Spontaneous Photon Blueshifting

P. A. LaViolette (The Starburst Foundation)

The novel physics methodology of subquantum kinetics predicted in 1980 that photons should blueshift their frequency at a rate whose magnitude depends on the value of the ambient gravitational potential. The rate of blueshifting for photons traveling between Earth and Jupiter was estimated to average approximately 1.3 ± 0.65 X 10-18 s-1, or 1.1 ± 0.6 X 10-18 s-1 for signals traveling a roundtrip distance of 65 AU through the outer solar system. A proposal was made in 1980 to test this blueshifting effect by transponding a maser signal over a 10 AU round-trip distance between two spacecraft. This blueshift prediction has more recently been corroborated by observations of maser signals transponded to the Pioneer 10 spacecraft. These measurements indicate a frequency shifting of approximately 2.28 ± 0.4 X 10-18 s-1 which lies within 2 sigma of the subquantum kinetics prediction and which cannot be accounted for in terms of known forces acting on the craft. The energy created through photon blueshifting phenomenon constitutes a previously unrecognized source of energy that has profound implications for planetary and stellar astrophysics. It is able to explain why planets, brown dwarfs, and red dwarf stars share a common mass-luminosity relation.

It is predicted that this photon blueshifting effect could be observed by the Laser Interferometer Space Antenna if certain modifications are made to its design. At 1 AU from the Sun, the laser beam is predicted to blueshift at the rate of 1.27 ± 0.7 X 10-18 s-1, causing one fringe cycle movement every 52 seconds. This nonDoppler frequency shift effect may be separated from Doppler shifts arising from relative movement of the interferometer elbows by modulating the laser beam with regularly spaced AM pulses or polarization shift markers.

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