M.S. (Master of Science)
Department of Physics
Tachyons; Electromagnetic fields
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."
Condon, Steven Edward, "Imaginary quantities and the electrodynamics of tachyons : a critique of the theories of Recami, Mignani, and Corben" (1980). Graduate Research Theses & Dissertations. 3475.
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