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I teach physics at Fullerton College, a community college in Southern California. I have an undergrad degree in math and physics from Berkeley and a PhD in physics from Yale. Back when I was doing research, my field was experimental low-energy nuclear physics.


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comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
[...] test theory, which is provided by the SME of Colladay and Kostelecky, arxiv.org/abs/hep-ph/9809521 . A vast amount of data has tightly constrained the Lorentz-violating parameters of the SME: arxiv.org/abs/0801.0287
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comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
[...] simultaneity becomes absolute in that sense. That doesn't mean that the many tests of the relativity of simultaneity become invalidated. We've experimentally verified that different observers get different results when they carry out synchronization. A preferred frame would just tell us that one privileged observer's result was preferred. Furthermore, RMS is purely a kinematic theory, and therefore its parameters would be specific to a certain measuring device, such as a specific kind of clock. Null results from clock-comparison experiments tell us that we really need a dynamical [...]
Dec
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comment Has relativity of simultaneity been directly observed?
This is a misinterpretation both of the RMS test theory and of this type of test theory in general. In the current fundamental theories of physics, Lorentz invariance is taken to be exact, and that means that regardless of the precision with which we can verify LI, it is still vulnerable to falsification by a later, more precise experiment. Any such hypothetical future falsification of LI would presumably lead to the existence of a preferred frame, since LI is mainly a statement of the nonexistence of preferred frames. Given a preferred frame, we have a preferred time coordinate, and [...]
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comment Would a wormhole in space look like anything at all?
@GreenAsJade: Intense radiation inside the wormhole is a standard prediction. I don't know enough about QFT on a curved background to be able to give you a clear explanation.
Nov
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comment Would a wormhole in space look like anything at all?
What you're saying makes sense to me. I would also probably expect a wormhole to emit a lot of nasty ionizing radiation, since that's what's normally expected to destroy objects passing through.
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comment Definition of the quality $(Q)$ factor?
Why the downvote?
Nov
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comment How far has a 13.7 billion year old photon travelled
@PetTaxi: The proper length is zero, because the photon's path is lightlike. If you want to define the photon's "odometer," you can't do it in the photon's frame, because a photon doesn't have a rest frame. The 13.7 byr is measured on a clock that's at rest relative to the Hubble flow. The 13.7 blyr is measured on a chain of rulers, each at rest relative to the Hubble flow.
Nov
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answered Definition of the quality $(Q)$ factor?
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comment Do consciousnesses get “scattered” across the many worlds of the MWI?
MWI doesn't really have branching. physics.stackexchange.com/questions/32501/… . MWI just says there's a wavefunction, and it evolves unitarily. Branching may be an appropriate, approximate description in some cases.
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comment What is wrong with the Bohr model?
It predicts that the hydrogen atom is flat rather than spherical. It predicts the wrong angular momenta, e.g., $L=1\hbar$ for the ground state rather than the correct $L=0$.
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comment How to theoretically define a concrete operation to perform in order to measure the length of an object?
@bobie: does your post answer the OP question? Yes, it does. See the paragraph beginning with "Einstein synchronization..."
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comment How to theoretically define a concrete operation to perform in order to measure the length of an object?
@user12262 and bobie: You might benefit from reading the linked article on operationalism.
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