Publication Date

1980

Document Type

Dissertation/Thesis

First Advisor

Hasan, Mazhar

Degree Name

M.S. (Master of Science)

Department

Department of Physics

LCSH

Tachyons||Electromagnetic fields

Abstract

It is shown that, contrary to Recami and Mignani's claims, an electrically charged tachyon will not appear like a magnetic monopole. Recami and Mignani's erroneous conclusion arises from a self-contradictory treatment of imaginary quantities. Corben's theory of tachyons is shown to lead to measurements of absolute velocity between tachyons and bradyons, because Corben also treats imaginary quantities inconsistently. We propose a new theory of superluminal Lorentz transformations which attempts to treat imaginary quantities and real quantities equally. We point out some advantages of simplicity and consistency of our theory over Corben's theory and Recami and Mignani's theory. Nevertheless all three theories create a superluminal spacetime that is fundamentally different from the ordinary subluminal spacetime. In order to avoid this problem, we recommend that future theoretical research begin from a spacetime composed of four complex dimensions, the so-called "complex Minkowski spacetime."

Comments

Includes bibliographical references.

Extent

50 pages

Language

eng

Publisher

Northern Illinois University

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In Copyright

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