# Relativistic Doppler effect

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity.wikipedia
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### Doppler effect

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity. The relativistic Doppler effect is different from the non-relativistic Doppler effect as the equations include the time dilation effect of special relativity and do not involve the medium of propagation as a reference point.
The Doppler effect for electromagnetic waves such as light is of great use in astronomy and results in either a so-called redshift or blueshift.

### Redshift

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Astronomers know of three sources of redshift/blueshift: Doppler shifts; gravitational redshifts (due to light exiting a gravitational field); and cosmological expansion (where space itself stretches).
A complete derivation of the effect can be found in the article on the relativistic Doppler effect.

### Time dilation

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The relativistic Doppler effect is different from the non-relativistic Doppler effect as the equations include the time dilation effect of special relativity and do not involve the medium of propagation as a reference point. However, due to relativistic effects, clocks on the receiver are time dilated relative to clocks at the source:, where is the Lorentz factor.
as deduced by Einstein (1905). For ϕ = 90° (cos ϕ = 0) this reduces to f detected = f rest γ. This lower frequency from the moving source can be attributed to the time dilation effect and is often called the transverse Doppler effect and was predicted by relativity.

### Blueshift

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Astronomers know of three sources of redshift/blueshift: Doppler shifts; gravitational redshifts (due to light exiting a gravitational field); and cosmological expansion (where space itself stretches).
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### Ives–Stilwell experiment

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Rather than attempt direct measurement of the TDE, Ives and Stilwell (1938) used a concave mirror that allowed them to simultaneously observe a nearly longitudinal direct beam (blue) and its reflected image (red).
The result was in agreement with the formula for the transverse Doppler effect and was the first direct, quantitative confirmation of the time dilation factor.

### Relativistic aberration

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\theta_s is not equal to \theta_r because of the effect of relativistic aberration.
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### Relativistic beaming

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(This terminology is particularly prevalent in the subject of astrophysics: see relativistic beaming.)
The Doppler effect changes the energy of the photons by red- or blueshifting them.

### Hubble's law

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This result provides one of the pieces of evidence that serves to distinguish the Big Bang theory from alternative theories proposed to explain the cosmological redshift.
The motivation behind the "redshift velocity" terminology is that the redshift velocity agrees with the velocity from a low-velocity simplification of the so-called Fizeau-Doppler formula.

As a consequence, since Planck's law describes the black body radiation as having a spectral intensity in frequency proportional to (where T is the source temperature and ν the frequency), we can draw the conclusion that a black body spectrum seen through a Doppler shift (with arbitrary direction) is still a black body spectrum with a temperature multiplied by the same Doppler factor as frequency.
The relativistic Doppler effect causes a shift in the frequency f of light originating from a source that is moving in relation to the observer, so that the wave is observed to have frequency f':

### Frequency

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity. The next wavefront is then at a distance away from the receiver (where \lambda_s\, is the wavelength, f_s\, is the frequency of the waves that the source emits, and c\, is the speed of light).

### Wavelength

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity. The next wavefront is then at a distance away from the receiver (where \lambda_s\, is the wavelength, f_s\, is the frequency of the waves that the source emits, and c\, is the speed of light).

### Light

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity.

### Special relativity

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The relativistic Doppler effect is the change in frequency (and wavelength) of light, caused by the relative motion of the source and the observer (as in the classical Doppler effect), when taking into account effects described by the special theory of relativity. The relativistic Doppler effect is different from the non-relativistic Doppler effect as the equations include the time dilation effect of special relativity and do not involve the medium of propagation as a reference point.

### Lorentz covariance

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They describe the total difference in observed frequencies and possess the required Lorentz symmetry.

### Gravitational redshift

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Astronomers know of three sources of redshift/blueshift: Doppler shifts; gravitational redshifts (due to light exiting a gravitational field); and cosmological expansion (where space itself stretches).

### Expansion of the universe

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Astronomers know of three sources of redshift/blueshift: Doppler shifts; gravitational redshifts (due to light exiting a gravitational field); and cosmological expansion (where space itself stretches).

### Frame of reference

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Consider the problem in the reference frame of the source.

### Wavefront

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Suppose one wavefront arrives at the receiver.

### Speed of light

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The next wavefront is then at a distance away from the receiver (where \lambda_s\, is the wavelength, f_s\, is the frequency of the waves that the source emits, and c\, is the speed of light).

### Beta (velocity)

the speed of the receiver in terms of the speed of light
The wavefront moves with speed c\, but at the same time the receiver moves away with speed v during a time, sowhere is the speed of the receiver in terms of the speed of light, and where t_{r,s} is the period of light waves impinging on the receiver, as observed in the frame of the source. The corresponding frequency f_{r,s}is:

### Lorentz factor

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However, due to relativistic effects, clocks on the receiver are time dilated relative to clocks at the source:, where is the Lorentz factor.

### Astrophysics

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(This terminology is particularly prevalent in the subject of astrophysics: see relativistic beaming.)

### Principle of relativity

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This matches up with the expectations of the principle of relativity, which dictates that the result can not depend on which object is considered to be the one at rest.

### Anode ray

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For example, Einstein's original description of the TDE in 1907 described an experimenter looking at the center (nearest point) of a beam of "canal rays" (a beam of positive ions that is created by certain types of gas-discharge tubes).

### Mössbauer effect

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On the other hand, Kündig (1963) described an experiment where a Mössbauer absorber was spun in a rapid circular path around a central Mössbauer emitter.