Thought experiments at superluminal relative velocities

Abstract

It is imagined that our world is being examined from a similar world which is moving relative to us with a velocity greater than that of light. The two worlds are supposed to be similar in that the particles in each appear to any observer in that world to have real measurable properties. However, the enormous relative velocity so distorts the observations that each world makes on the other that the squares of certain real quantities appear to the other observer to be negative. Neglect of this fact has led to the erroneous belief that a free charged tachyon would emit Cerenkov radiation and that the existence of tachyons would lead to logical paradoxes.

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Corben, H.C. Thought experiments at superluminal relative velocities. Int J Theor Phys 15, 703–712 (1976). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF01807318

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Keywords

  • Radiation
  • Field Theory
  • Elementary Particle
  • Quantum Field Theory
  • Relative Velocity