Special Relativity

Volume 702 of the series Lecture Notes in Physics pp 112-132

Quantum Theory in Accelerated Frames of Reference

  • B. MashhoonAffiliated withDepartment of Physics and Astronomy, University of Missouri-Columbia Columbia

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The observational basis of quantum theory in accelerated systems is studied. The extension of Lorentz invariance to accelerated systems via the hypothesis of locality is discussed and the limitations of this hypothesis are pointed out. The nonlocal theory of accelerated observers is briefly described. Moreover, the main observational aspects of Dirac’s equation in noninertial frames of reference are presented. The Galilean invariance of nonrelativistic quantum mechanics and the mass superselection rule are examined in the light of the invariance of physical laws under inhomogeneous Lorentz transformations.