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Newton?s Third Principle in Post-Newtonian Physics: Part II - Interpretation and Experiment

Patrick Cornille
Year: 2000
In relativity theory, Newton?s third principle is violated because the Lorentz force does not follow this principle. This violation of Newton?s third principle has consequences that can be tested experimentally; namely, that a pair of charged particles at rest in the Earth reference frame can set itself in motion and accelerate its center of mass without external help, provided one of them has an initial relative velocity with respect to the other. We have designed an experiment with a capacitor charged with a high voltage in order to investigate the existence of this effect.