Relativistic Doppler ShiftThe normal Doppler shift for waves such as sound which move with velocities v much less than c is given by the expression where the plus sign is taken for waves traveling away from the observer. For light and other electromagnetic waves, the relationship must be modified to be consistent with the Lorentz transformation and the expression becomes Here v is the relative velocity of source and observer and v is considered positive when the source is approaching.

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Doppler Effect, Electromagnetic Waves

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Fractional Wavelength ChangeFor purposes of determining recession speed of stars and galaxies with the Doppler effect by observation of the red shift of spectral lines, it is convenient to express the Doppler effect in terms of the shift in wavelength compared to the source wavelength. For these purposes it is more convenient to define a receding velocity as positive in the wavelength relationship: The fractional wavelength change is defined as the z parameter for characterizing red shifts: In terms of the usual relativity symbols, this becomes

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Doppler Frequency

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