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Difficulties concerning a Finite Photon Rest Mass


Pecker, Roberts and Vigier have suggested that much, if not all, of the cosmological redshift might be attributable to inelastic photon–photon scattering—if the photon possesses a finite rest-mass1. Pecker and Vigier have attempted (private communication) to apply Vigier's ideas to the electromagnetic propagation anomalies observed by Sadeh and others2,3. We agree in part with the ideas of Vigier and his co-workers, but their hypothesis, as regards these phenomena, cannot be completely correct as stated.

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