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Can an event occur before or after the other one depending on what frame of reference we are in?

Two buses moving relative to each other with 30% the speed of light (4 light-min apart). Now by some mysterious way bus 1 comes to the knowledge that after 3 min-bus 2 time bus 2 is going to explode. ...
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How can the past, the present and the future coexist at the same time? [closed]

We all heard it many times, the theory of Time suggest it is parallel rather than being linear. This leaves the door opened for alternate realities and well, immortality. However, even after reading ...
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Where is the event horizon in a black hole?

At the beginning I thought that the event horizon coincides with the surfaces, but then making a new name when you could just call it surface would seem a bit pointless. Then where is the event ...
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Huggins Displacement Theory and Retrocausality

I was looking at the Wikipedia entries on Time Travel and the Grandfather paradox and noticed a paragraph on the so-called Huggins Displacement Theory. I haven't been able to find the source although ...
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Quantum Mechanics and Causality

Causality coupled with special relativity states that no particle can travel faster than light. Interpreting in terms of quantum mechanics, it means that dirac delta wave-function at x=a, can't ...
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Numerical relativity in causally pathological spacetimes

To perform numerical relativity simulations one almost universally adopts the so called "3+1" approach: spacetime is divided up into spacelike slices, each representing a "moment in time". After some ...
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A rope between Earth and Moon - Length and Speed of Light [duplicate]

An earlier question was asked on what would happen if a rope was attached between Moon and Earth, but the question was more about the impacts in terms of geology. We keep the same experiment setup : ...
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Can we prove absolutely that FTL = causality violation

I've been wondering about this for a long time. Given that special relativity is normally true, can we still prove that causality violation must occur if FTL is found? All proofs I can find, depend on ...
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Gauge Permitting c Magnetic Vector and Instant Electric Scalar Potentials?

The Lorenz gauge requires c propagation of both scalar and vector potentials. The Coulomb gauge requires instant "propagation" of these potentials but is stated in such a way as to permit c ...
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Can I prove observed causality like this?

From an older exercise sheet in my relativity class which I completed, but didn't annotate enough to remember it everything was correct: Let $X$ be an inertial observer noticing that a spacetime ...
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Wave Function State Reduction As a Result of Quantum Measurement

This is a question about indirect quantum measurement, involving an observable of an object of interest and a probe that is used to measure that observable. In this experiment, an observable of the ...
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How can the speed and the mechanics of light be similar to the speed and the mechanics of gravity? [duplicate]

How can the speed and the mechanics of light be similar to the speed and the mechanics of gravity? Most say that light cannot escape a black hole. Then gravity cannot escape a black hole either, so ...
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How does “warp drive” not violate Special Relativity causality constraints?

I'm talking about this nonsense: http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2014/06/11/this-is-the-amazing-design-for-nasas-star-trek-style-space-ship-the-ixs-enterprise/ Now, I'm aware that ...
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Why is spatial conformal infinity a point

One property of spatial infinity is that all spacelike geodesics end at it. Since spacelike geodesics can have different directions, I do not understand why spatial infinity is a point. It looks more ...
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Space time diagrams and world lines

When you draw a space-time diagram and the associated world line for an object moving through space-time, the diagram will be dependent upon the reference frame you are observing from, right? Like for ...
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Schwarzschild equation physical meaning

When you pass an event horizon of a black hole according to the Schwarzschild equation time and space swap the physical meaning. So you can no longer move away from a black hole, in similar way as you ...
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“Center of a black hole is a time”

$\newcommand{\d}[1]{\mathrm{d} #1}$In one lecture (around 1:33:15) of the series of lectures "Theoretical Minimum" of Prof. Susskind he talks about black holes and the Schwarzschild metric: $$\d ...
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Can one classify partial differential equations according to the causality properties of their solutions (and if yes, then how)?

Recently, I bumped into this interesting comment by Valter Moretti which made me wonder about the following, more general question (to which I suspect the answer is affirmative): Can we easily tell, ...
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Missing causal correlation between distant parts in the brain [closed]

The Wikipage on the Primary Motor Cortex says: Evarts suggested that each neuron in the motor cortex contributes to the force in a muscle. As the neuron becomes active, it sends a signal to ..., ...
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General theorems on tachyon propagation?

I was reading the quite nice answer of QMechanic on the topic of compact support tachyon fields not propagating faster than light, but this case is a rather simple one, free scalar field in flat ...
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Tomorrowland movie and tachyons? [duplicate]

Would be possible if tachyonic existed to send info to the past or see the future? since the tachyons according to special relativity could travel to the past? i have searched in wikipedia and the ...
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Physics behind this neutrino-related joke

In the comment section of a newspaper article reporting on the 2015 Nobel Prize for Physics, which was awarded for work on neutrino oscillation, I found the following joke: "I'm sorry, we do not ...
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Third law of motion when action and reaction are separated by some time

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. I have used this law only when bodies are in contact with each other which means for every action reaction is produced at same instant of ...
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Why is locality an important requirement in physics?

Why is locality insisted upon in physics? Is it simple because empirical evidence suggests it, and also taking relativity into account, required due to the upper limit of propagation limited by the ...
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Instantaneous cause [closed]

The position of an object has a rate of change called velocity. The velocity of an object has a rate of change called acceleration. Force applied is proportional to the acceleration of the body ...
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The speed of information

Does this expression have any rigorous meaning? Intuitively ,I feel that information about an event or a system in my environment propagates to me at a certain "speed". Does this correspond to ...
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What limits causality in the many-worlds interpretation (MWI)?

It's widely held that it's either very difficult or impossible to affect the outcomes of experiments in other branches of the many-worlds. The reason given is usually something along the lines that ...
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In QFT, why does a vanishing commutator ensure causality?

In relativistic quantum field theories (QFT), $$[\phi(x),\phi^\dagger(y)] = 0 \;\;\mathrm{if}\;\; (x-y)^2<0$$ On the other hand, even for space-like separation $$\phi(x)\phi^\dagger(y)\ne0.$$ ...
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If nothing can escape a black hole, where does Hawking radiation come from? [duplicate]

Hawking radiation is a form of electromagnetic wave travelling at the speed of light. Hawking radiation is radiated from a black hole. If nothing can escape the gravitational pull of a black hole, how ...
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Can FTL-Communication between two points in the same frame of reference break causality?

Hi I want to get to the bottom of some thaughts I have and for that I need an answer to a - I have to admit - highly constructed example. Lets assume - against all possibility - we find a strange ...
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Do wormholes violate causality [duplicate]

Does opening and closign a wormhole to send a message within seconds across the galaxy violate causality? Wouldn't different observers disagree about the order of events and what effected what? Is ...
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Klein-Gordon equation and wave velocity

It looks like solutions of the KG eqn travel faster than light, because if $$\omega^2 - k^2 = m^2$$ then $$\mid\ \omega\mid \ > \ \mid k\ \mid$$ and I thought the wave velocity was $\omega / k$. ...
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What happens when breaking simultaneity leads to different outcomes?

Consider the classic example to show that simultaneity does not hold: Have a photon gun firing two counter-propogating photons from the center of a moving train. The observer inside the train sees ...
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If there is a point in a past set, does its chronological future interset a future set?

This post concerns the causality of spacetime $\mathcal M$. A future set $F$ is defined to be the chronological future of some set $S\in \mathcal M$, ie., $F=I^+[S]$. Similiarly, a past set ...
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Is microcausality a statement about locality?

As far as I understand it locality is the rejection of action-at-a-distance. By this I mean that in a given frame of reference at a given instant of time (in that reference frame), two physical ...
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Can we say a certain yes to having probability independence for some events?

Mathematically it is just a question of assumption of proof to say that $P(A|B)=P(A)$ if A is independent from B. However, in real life is it possible to assume $P(A|B)=P(A)$ instead of ...
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Event horizon from the metric

Let us suppose we have a metric of this form $$ds^2=-A(r)dt^2+\frac{dr^2}{B(r)}+r^2d\Omega^2$$ In all documents I can read, I've seen that the event horizon is defined by considering $A(r)=0$ But I ...
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Do electrostatic fields really obey “action at a distance”?

In an electromagnetic theory class, my professor introduced the concept of "action at a distance in physics". He said that: If two charges are at some very large distance, and if any one of the ...
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Can you recover the values of spacetime intervals $s^2$ from given causal relations between events?

Given a suitable set $\mathcal S$ of events together with their (pairwise) causal relations, i.e. for each pair of distinct events $\mathsf A, \mathsf B \in \mathcal S$ the assignment whether ...
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Can you recover a spacetime from its null geodesics?

So, I know that you can learn a lot about a spacetime from its causal structure, but can one completely recover the metric of a spacetime, just knowing the equations for the null geodesics in it? If ...
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Is causality a necessary and sufficient condition for special relativity?

Is there a way to "build" special relativity by using causality as one of the axioms? Or is it just a consequence of a fact that the speed of light is same in all reference frames?
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Amplitude for a string to propagate from one point to another

In Zwiebach’s book sections 12.6 and 12.7 interesting aspects of the wave function of the string are discussed. In order to introduce my question first recall what happens with the relativistic ...
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Quantum entanglement and the big bang

Prior to the Big Bang all matter was compressed into a point of high density. Why isn't all matter already entangled?
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Naked singularity: how would it behave?

We know that the theory of cosmic censorship prevent singularities from existing without an event horizon that hides them from the Universe. Now let's assume that this theory is somehow false, and a ...
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Difference between locality and causality?

I ask this question as the two seem to be very closely related and are sometimes taken to be one and the same (in the notion of microcausality in QFT), which has left me confused as to what meaning of ...
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What would a closed timelike curve look like?

What exactly are closed timelike curves. In a metric in which they would exist, what would they look like. What would it be like travelling through them? It obviously wouldn't look like a door. Would ...
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How does faster than light travel violate causality?

Let's say I have two planets that are one hundred thousand lightyears away from each other. I and my immortal friend on the other planet want to communicate, with a strong laser and a tachyon ...
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How is quantum mechanics compatible with the speed of light limit?

Consider a free electron in space. Let us suppose we measure its position to be at point A with a high degree of accuracy at time 0. If I recall my QM correctly, as time passes the wave function ...
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Entanglement and Special Relativity [closed]

There are 2 particles entangled and move far apart to 2 measuring devices . The first measurement of either particle will collapse the wave function and set spin up and spin down on the particles. 2 ...