Martin Tajmar is a physicist and professor for Space Systems at the Dresden University of Technology. He has research interests in advanced space propulsion systems, FEEP thrusters, breakthrough propulsion physics and possible connections between gravity and superconductivity.
Tajmar completed his PhD in Numerical Plasmaphysics at the Vienna University of Technology, Austria, in 1999, and is now an external lecturer for the university. He also published the textbook Advanced Space Propulsion Systems in 2003.
In a 2003 paper, Tajmar proposed that a gravitational effect may explain the long-standing discrepancy between the mass of Cooper pairs first measured in superconductors by Janet Tate et al. and the theoretically-expected value.
In 2006 Tajmar and several coworkers announced their claim to have measured a gravitomagnetic version of the frame-dragging effect caused by a superconductor with an accelerating or decelerating spin. As of April 2008, the effect has not yet been observed independently.
In February 2008 Tajmar filed an international patent application for a "Process for the generation of a gravitational field and a gravitational field generator."
In June 2008, Tajmar reported a new phenomenon suggesting that signals could be induced in a gyroscope resulting from a new property of rotating low-temperature helium. He also reported that because the rings in the experiment were accelerated pneumatically, and not with high acceleration, the earlier reported results could not be discounted. His further research suggests the anomaly may indeed be coming from liquid helium in the setup.
- portrait_tajmar tu-dresden.de
- Tajmar, M.; Plesescu, F.; Marhold, K.; and de Matos, C.J. (2006). "Experimental Detection of the Gravitomagnetic London Moment". arXiv:gr-qc/0603033v1.
Component descriptions and schematics are provided in the following two volumes:
*12. Feb. 2004, dtic.mil: POSSIBLE GRAVITATIONAL ANOMALIES IN QUANTUM MATERIALS. Phase I: Experiment Definition and Design. M. Tajmar and K. Hense
*15. 09. 2005, dtic.mil: POSSIBLE GRAVITATIONAL ANOMALIES IN QUANTUM MATERIALS. Phase II: Experiment Assembly, Qualification and Test Results. M. Tajmar
- Home page and biography at the Technical University of Vienna.
- ISBN 978-3-211-83862-4
- Tajmar, M.; de Matos, C.J. (2003). "Coupling of Electromagnetism and Gravitation in the Weak Field Approximation". Physica C 385 (1, number 4): 551–554. arXiv:gr-qc/0203033. Bibcode:2003PhyC..385..551T. doi:10.1016/S0921-4534(02)02305-5.
- Anomalous Fiber Optic Gyroscope Signals Observed above Spinning Rings at Low Temperature Arxiv.org
- Fiber-Optic-Gyroscope Measurements Close to Rotating Liquid Helium
- Coupling of Electromagnetism and Gravitation in the Weak Field Approximation: Tajmar, M.; de Matos, C.J. (2001). "Coupling of Electromagnetism and Gravitation in the Weak Field Approximation" (PDF). Journal of Theoretics 3 (1).
- 3 Mar 2000, arxiv.org: Coupling of Gravitation and Electromagnetism in the Weak Field Approximation, M. Tajmar, C. de Matos
- Towards a new test of general relativity?, (Tajmar gravimagnetic field experiment) European Space Agency News, 2006-03-23
- Measurement of Gravitomagnetic and Acceleration Fields Around Rotating Superconductors Tajmar, M.; Plesescu, F.; Seifert, B.; and Marhold, K. (2006). "Measurement of Gravitomagnetic and Acceleration Fields Around Rotating Superconductors". arXiv:gr-qc/0610015v3.
- Gravity's secret, New Scientist, 2006-11-11