(last updated Dec 13, 2005)
Mathematical analysis of the Scullen-Murphy Phenomenon
By S. O'Regan, Gwcc.D.
Fellow, Advanced Institute of Celto-Physics
Keywords: Electricity, magnetism, Scullen-Murphy Phenomenon (SMP), counter-rotation, Murphy Index, Ballyvourney Jig, Homeland security.
When an electric charge moves around a closed circuit, it forms an electric current, and when a magnetic field is imposed upon the current, an electromagnetic force results . It has long been known that the sliding of leather on wood results in the buildup of high electric charge in the leather . For leather-soled dancers on wood floors, electric currents are generated during couple- or group-formations. The induced electromagnetic force is typically negligible compared to the forces of friction, centrifugal motion, and gravity. Only during Christmases with a high Murphy Index [3,4] has the force been large enough to be observed .
In recent years, a variation of the Christmas routine involving the Scullen Counter-Rotating Reference Frame (SCRRF)  has had the effect of amplifying the electromagnetic force. In a few instances when the SCRRF has been combined with a high Murphy Index-Christmas, levitation has been observed , an effect dubbed the Scullen-Murphy Phenomenon (SMP).
In this paper, the author will present a mathematical analysis of SMP and comment on any possible implications for homeland security.
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