Analysis of the Electric and Magnetic fields generated by a moving dipole source shows that contrary to expectations, the speed of the fields are dependant on the velocity of the source in the nearfield and only become independent in the farfield. I addition, the results show that the fields propagate faster than the speed of light in the nearfield and reduce to the speed of light as they propagate into the farfield of the source.
Because these effects conflict with the assumptions on which Einstein’s theory of special relativity theory is based, relativity theory is reanalyzed. The analysis shows that the relativistic gamma factor is dependent on whether the analysis is performed using nearfield or farfield propagating EM fields.
In the nearfield, gamma is approximately one indicating that the coordinate transforms are Galilean in the nearfield. In the farfield the gamma factor reduces to the standard known relativistic formula indicating that they are approximately valid in the farfield.
Because time dilation and space contraction depend on whether near-field or far-field propagating fields are used in their analysis, it is proposed that Einstein relativistic effects are an illusion created by the propagating EM fields used in their measurement. Instead space and time are proposed to not be flexible as indicated by Galilean relativity.
A paper arguing this proposal is available for download at: http://folk.ntnu.no/williaw/walker.pdf
William D. Walker