Foundations of Physics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 49–57 | Cite as

Experimental verification of an Aharonov-Bohm effect in rotating reference frames

  • Mark D. Semon


A thought experiment is reviewed which shows two things. First, in a region of a rotating frame that is not simply connected, the inertial forces can be canceled without completely canceling the inertial vector potential (whose curl determines the Coriolis force); second, the presence of this uncanceled potential can be detected in a quantum interference experiment. It is then argued that the thought experiment was realized in an earlier experiment involving a rotating superconductor, and that the experimental results confirm the theoretical prediction. In this way, the first experimental verification of a physical effect due to a nonelectromagnetic potential in a force-free region is established. An analogous experiment for the gravitational vector potential is also discussed. Finally, it is pointed out that the close connection between electromagnetic and inertial vector potentials provides an intuitive way to make predictions about rotating superconductors.


Reference Frame Theoretical Prediction Early Experiment Vector Potential Physical Effect 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark D. Semon
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  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyBates CollegeLewiston

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