The special theory of relativity describes the motion and dynamics of objects moving at significant fractions of the speed of light.

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Sign and Four Acceleration Special Relativity

If $ use $(+,-,-,-)$ sign convention then four position, four velocity become positive but four acceleration becomes negative! $x_{\mu}x^{\mu}=\tau^2c^2,$ $U_{\mu}U^{\mu}=c^2,$ ...
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Mass in special relativity

I have just got a query about how this equation works if its right. We have Newtonian Physics saying $F=ma$, According to the 'Mass in special relativity' the mass changes according to $$m= ...
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Conservation of angular momentum tensor $L^{\mu\nu}$ in special relativity [duplicate]

I have edited this question because I don't think that the related post answers my question fully. It refers to Noether's theorem but I would like an explicit illustration in an easier fashion: The ...
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Why does Lorentz factor not hold for relativistic mass when we apply it to photons? [duplicate]

We know that the photon itself is massless particle $m_0=0$. But we also know, that the mass of the objects does increase with their energy. And we know that under certain circumstances (gravity, ...
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Why is this thought experiment flawed: A vast lever rotating faster than the speed of light [duplicate]

If there were a vast lever floating in free space, a rigid body with length greater than the width of a galaxy, made of a hypothetical material that could endure unlimited internal stress, and this ...
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Limit on velocity in Minkowski Spacetime geometry

Let A be a rocket moving with velocity v. Then the slope of its worldline in a spacetime diagram is given by c/v. Since it is a slope, c/v = tan(theta) for some theta > 45 and theta < 90. Does ...
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Do velocity and acceleration time dilation factors add?

For a spinning space station such as in 2001, A Space Odyssey, what would be the time slowing in the perimeter of the spinning space station with respect to the center axis of the station? The ...
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Bound State of Only Massless Particles? Follows a Time-Like Trajectory?

Is there any way in which a bound state could consist only of massless particles? If yes, would this "atom" of massless particles travel on a light-like trajectory, or would the interaction energy ...
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Reaching the speed of light via quantum mechanical uncertainty?

Suppose you accelerate a body to very near the speed of light $c$ where $v = c - \epsilon$. Although this would take an enormous energy, is it possible the last arbitrarily small velocity needed -- ...
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An accelerating and shrinking train in special relativity

Suppose when a train is at rest, it has a length of $L$. Let the position of the back of the train at any time be $A$, and let the position of the front of the train at any time be $B$. Now assume ...
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Einstein’s Thought Experiment of a Stationary Box and a Photon

1) First of all, let us consider a particle of light, also known as a photon. One of the interesting properties of photons is that they have momentum and yet have no mass. This was established in ...
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How do we measure the range of distant objects despite relativistic effects?

When we observe astronomical objects like distant galaxies there are several complicating factors for estimating the distance: Relativistic speed result in length contraction Relativistic speed ...
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The status / acceptance of block time?

What is the current status or acceptance of block time as it relates to Einstein's theory of relativity? Has quantum mechanics ruled it out or is it still the favored view of the world? Perhaps there ...
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Doppler shift of radio signals to an accelerating observer

Suppose a man leaves from Earth to a star which is 1000 light years away. He accelerates to a velocity such that the entire trip lasts a year, from the reference frame of the rocket. Now lets pretend ...
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Relativistic Computation?

Is it possible to employ relativity to develop computational technology? Here is a really basic example: Build a Computer and Feed it the Problem (say the problem is projected to take 10 years to ...
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Live feed from a Rocket traveling near the speed of light?

Okay, odd question popped up in my physics class today. If a rocket ship is traveling at .99c for 1 year, and is streaming a video at 30 frames/sec to earth, how would the earth feed be affected? ...
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Integration by parts to derive relativistic kinetic energy

I have come across a weird integration during derivation of relativistic kinetic energy. Our professor states that i can get RHS out of LHS using integration by parts: $$ \int\limits_0^x \! ...
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Stuff can't go at the speed of light - in relation to what? [duplicate]

We all know that stuff can't go faster than the speed of light - it's length becomes negative and all kinds of weird stuff happens. However, this is in relation to what? If two objects, each moving ...
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Rate of spontaneous tachyon emission

It's not possible for an electron to emit or absorb a photon without the presence of a third particle such as an atomic nucleus; without the third particle, it's impossible for such a process to ...
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Faraday tensor, antisymmetric rank two

$F^{\mu \mathcal{V}}$ is defined in http://www.lecture-notes.co.uk/susskind/special-relativity/lecture-7/relativistic-lorentz-force/ How to show that $F^{\mu \mathcal{V}}$$F_{\mu \mathcal{V}}$, is ...
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Can something travel faster than light if it has always been travelling faster than light?

I know there are zillions of questions about faster than light travel, but please hear me out. According to special relativity, it is impossible to accelerate something to the speed of light. However, ...
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Faraday tensor, antisymmetric electromagnetic tensor

I want to write $F^{\mu \nu}F_{\mu \nu}$ in terms of $F_{\mu \nu}F^{\mu \nu}$. How to do it?
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If there's a light ray and it's turned to a new location by a certain angle

Imagine that there's a light ray, with source at point A, and it's directed towards point B (which is very far from point A) and it continues for a huge distance. How will an observer at point B ...
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Does an accelerating spaceship move backwards due to length contraction?

Let's assume I have a spaceship in front of me let's say at 1000000km distance. Now let's assume I have also a stationary wall just behind the spaceship at 999999km. Initially the spaceship's speed is ...
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Proton-proton collisions

I have a question about proton-proton collisions at the LHC. Firstly, the 4-momentum $p^\mu=(E/c,\vec{p})$ can be represented as $p^\mu =(m_T \cosh \Psi, p_T \cos \phi , p_T \sin \phi, m_T c \sinh ...
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$\frac{dt}{d\tau}=\gamma$ in special relativity

I hope this is not too silly a question: We often see $$\frac{dt}{d\tau}=\gamma=\frac{1}{\sqrt{1-v^2}},$$ taking $c=1$. Problem: I don't understand why... In the Minkowski metric, using the ...
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Relativity of simultaneity - An example

I am trying to understand the relativity of simultaneity in different frames, and I am trying to work out an example. Suppose along the x-axis there are two points 2000m apart. Event A happens at t=0 ...
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Can dark matter be relativistic dust?

As far as I know the mass of an observed object increases as it approaches the speed of light. Is it possible that the excess mass called "dark matter" is due to relativistic dust? Surely, stars ...
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Is there absolute proof that an object cannot exceed the speed of light?

Have any known experiments ruled out travelling faster than the speed of light? Or is this just a widely accepted theory?
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What truly is mass, and is there a direct way to measure it?

We know a mass of an object of one kilogram as an object that weighs W = mg = 9.8 N and we reference it to that, (when it should as a fundamental parameter describe weight not the opposite). But if we ...
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Special Relativity and $E = mc^2$

I read somewhere that $E=mc^2$ shows that if something was to travel faster than the speed of light then they would have infinite mass and would have used infinite energy. How does the equation show ...
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How does the wavelength change in relativistic limit?

In the text, it reads that the momentum of a particle will change if it is moving at speed close to light speed. In the general case, the wavelength is given as $$ \lambda = \frac{h}{p} $$ and $$p ...
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Properties of the Faraday tensor for constant fields

I'm doing a special relativity past exam paper and have got caught up with something that I hope someone can help me with! I have to show that for constant fields, the magnitude of A, the ...
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Lorentz boost matrix for an arbitrary direction in terms of rapidity

We have derived the Lorentz boost matrix for a boost in the x-direction in class, in terms of rapidity which from Wikipedia is: Assume boost is along a direction $\hat{n}=n_x \hat{i}+n_y \hat{j}+n_z ...
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What's the purpose of the arbitary additive constants in Einstein's Inertia of Energy Paper?

In Einstein's paper: Does the Inertia of a Body Depend upon its Energy content? he introduces arbitary additive constants whose purpose I'm confused about. The paper has a frame $(x,y,z)$ where a ...
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Relativistic mass and imaginary mass

The (relativistic) mass of an object measured by an observer in the $xyz$-frame is given by $$m = \frac{m_{rest}}{\sqrt{1 - \left(\frac{v}{c}\right)^2}}.$$ Mathematically $v$ could be greater than the ...
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If inherent randomness exist in quantum mechanics, what then of eternalism implied by relativity?

I am nothing but a curious layman so don't go too technical on me. First of all, I am well aware that a lot of people consider the question of determinism vs indeterminism to be unsolved and others ...
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Special Relativity - speed of light question

Just a basic question: I know that if you are traveling at $x$ speed the time will pass for you slower than to an observer that is relatively stopped. That's all just because a photon released at the ...
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Relativistic Lorentz force law

If we consider the the relativistic Lorentz force law: $$\frac{d}{dt} (m\gamma \vec{u})=e(\vec{E}+\vec{u} \times \vec{B})$$ How can we deduce: $$\frac{d}{dt} (m\gamma c^2)=e \vec{E} \cdot \vec{u}$$ ...
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Showing Lorenz gauge is satisfied in retarded potential - vector calculus

I am trying to show that $\nabla\cdot \vec{A}=-\mu_0 \epsilon_0 \frac{\partial V}{\partial t}$ $V=\frac{1}{4\pi\epsilon_0}\int \frac{\rho(\vec{r}',t_r)}{r}d\tau'$ $\vec{A}=\frac{\mu_0}{4\pi}\int ...
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Is there any experimental evidence to support the Terrell rotation?

The Shapiro delay was predicted in 1964 and observed by 1966, and is now a tool used to measure the mass of distant binary pulsars. The Terrell-Penrose rotation was published in 1959, but I can find ...
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What if a faster-than-light particle is found?

What will be the consequence (severe ones) on laws of physics if a particle that travels faster than light is discovered? I am looking for a more general answer so that a high school student would be ...
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Lorentz invariance of the action for free relativistic particle

I tried to check the Lorentz invariance of the standard special relativity action for free particle directly: ($c=1$) $$ S=\int L dt=-m\int\sqrt{1-v^{2}}dt $$ Lorentz boost: $$ ...
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Difference between proper and comoving frames

I'm reading this book "Introduction to Quantum Fields in Classical Backgrounds" by Mukhanov & Winitzki, and there in the chapter 8 "The Unruh Effect" they introduce 3 reference frames. Laboratory ...
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Clarification regarding Special Relativity

Empty the universe of all matter. Place the Earth in that universe sitting in an inertial frame. Take a pair of twins. One twin gets into a space ship and takes off from Earth (t=a). He ...
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Minimum $E$ of $p\bar{p}$-collision for $q\bar{q}$ pair with mass $m_q$

I am currently working out the energy required to create a particle anti-particle pair from a collision of a proton travelling along the x-direction with an anti-proton which is at rest. The particle ...
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Bondi's k factor

Consider two observers, travelling away from each other, after meeting (at which time they sync their clocks). $O$ sends a photon towards $O'$ at times $t$, received by $O'$ at time $t'=kt$, where we ...
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Why does the inertial mass of an object rise when a force is exerted on it in a particle accelerator? [closed]

A particle in a cyclotron requires more and more force to maintain the same acceleration as it accelerates.
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Classical vs. Quantum use of the spin 4-vector

I have a few basic questions about the Pauli-Lubanski spin 4-vector S. I've used it in quantum mechanical calculations as an operator, that is to say each of the components of S is a matrix operator ...
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Time Dilation in relation to Acceleration

What I am looking for is a layman's explanation on the equations required to work out Time Dilation at high speeds including acceleration and deceleration of velocity. Or I would greatly appreciate it ...