Foundations of Physics

, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp 349–354 | Cite as

Tachyons and superluminal wave groups

  • George H. Duffey


In the approximation that every inertial observer experiences a homogeneous, uniform flow of time and sees a space that is Euclidean, the arena of physics is Minkowskian and one speed is the same in all intertial frames. If a given intertial observer finds an infinitesimal source or particle traveling faster than this fundamental speed near a given event, the source must appear in some inertial frame spread over neighboring positions at a given time as a spacelike structure. If this structure persists over a period of proper time, it can be interpreted as a wave group. If it is conserved, it can be interpreted as a line or tube of force.


Arena Proper Time Inertial Frame Uniform Flow Wave Group 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1975

Authors and Affiliations

  • George H. Duffey
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  1. 1.Department of PhysicsSouth Dakota State UniversityBrookings

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