THE PHYSICS OF QUASARS

by Y.P. Varshni, Department of Physics, Univ. of Ottawa

1979, 'Physics in Canada', vol 25, 11.

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Introduction

The New Theory

The explanation that we have proposed (1973, 1975 and 1977) for the spectra of quasars is based on sound physical principles and is free of any basic difficulty. The essential ingredients of the new explanation are:

  1. There is no red shift.
  2. The strength of the emission lines is due to laser action.

Comparison

Next we compare the performances of the cosmological redshift hypothesis and the plasma laser star model in explaining the various pieces of evidence on the nature of quasars. We shall divide these into two broad categories:

Conclusion

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