Listening to the Rota's effect

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Listening to the Rota's effect atmospherics effect on various metals
Louis Rota worked with classic vintage bakelite headphones as shown on this picture.

Nevertheless, he claimed that the effectiveness of the headphones could be improved by what he called “the harmonization” of the metallic parts of the headphones.

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The experiment

The following experiment was created (by Mike Watson) in 1960. When I first started to listen for Rota's currents on the block dug up from his laboratory site in 1959, I heard nothing with headphones or with any other means. Someone pointed out that when Rota did medical diagnosis, see Medical Applications, he stroked metal rods held in the patients hand. I tried a similar thing using metal disks as shown below. I heard several variations in click intensity when one of the phone contacts was touched on the metal but soon found that this was caused by sampling 50 Hz mains pick up from the house wiring. Doing the same in a remote area showed a variation especially if a short antenna was used. It was found that the click was due to the high inductance of the high impedance headphones storing a minute input current and releasing the stored energy as an inductive click as soon the contact was broken. Variations found were due to ultra low frequency signals of the order of 0.01 Hz or less. Note that Rota used a stop watch, as seen in the photograph on the main page of this site, so the variations he was hearing must have had a long cycle time.

This experiment needs doing with two sets of deeply buried insulated metal plates separated by some metres. Again it needs a site a long way from 50/60Hz mains wiring to be effective. The great benefit of this method is that it is totally passive, with no electronics to give spurious leakage currents.

It is worth repeating what is mentioned elsewhere on this site[1]:-

Maxwell's equations lead to the prediction of electromagnetic waves in a vacuum, which are transverse (in that the electric fields and magnetic fields vary perpendicularly to the direction of propagation)However, in a plasma or a confined space, there can exist waves which are either longitudinal or transverse, or a mixture of both. Rota' universal current propagates in a conductive medium such as salt water and the earth which for these puposes is a plasma.

For this reason the universal current is most likely a largely magnetic longitudinal wave which can only exist in water or the earth. This would also explain how Rota's patented "Means of detecting Explosive Mines.." (L.G.V.Rota patents) in which the field produced by a paramagetic body entering the field of a telluric current produces a shock or turbulence detectable by his apparatus. It would seem reasonable to assume that a ship interacting with the very low frequency mostly magnetic telluric current field would have circulating currents induced in its hull and these would be detectable at a distance with a compass needle.


  • One set of headphone
  • two soft iron disks
  • One plastic or Bristol paper disk
  • A few inches of electric wire
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A wire is soldered at one disk. The three disks are then staked together like a capacitor Exp1Schema.png
  • The Procedure

Prick quickly the superior disc with the free wire while listening attentively with the headphones.

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The observation

Sometimes it is possible to ear a small "click " in the helmet when the wire touches the disk. Occasionally there are “good” series (3 to 4 clicks on 10 picks), sometimes nothing happens during ten picks.

The clicks appear in variable manner:

  • At the moment of the contact
  • Immediately following the contact break
  • Half second after the contact break.
  • Some days, it just does not work.


Are these clicks purely random and all of them explicable by the electromagnetic laws? Apparently not. Louis Rota spent nearly 40 years listening to such clicks through more sophisticated apparatus,with atonishing results.