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Title: Nonlinear relativity and the quantum ether

Abstract

The orthodox approach to relativistic quantum field theory axiomatically postulates Lorentz invariance, followed by the axioms of quantum mechanics. Departing from this approach we have designed a heuristic procedure by which the Lorentz transformations follow from the interactions characterized by the quantum mechanical commutation rules, rather than being postulated a priori. The most general operator representation of the quantum mechanical commutation rules that involve a length constant, have in the past been rejected on the ground that they violate Lorentz invariance. We therefore have applied our heuristic principle to derive the corresponding transformation equations that take into account the length constant appearing in this most general representation. We find a nonlinear generalization of the Lorentz transformations, departing from special relativity at very high energies and establishing the observable existence of a substratum (ether). The principle that the velocity of light is the same in all reference system still holds, but the theory gives a finite zero point vacuum energy. Furthermore, a non-Lorentz invariant behavior of cross sections at very high energy is predicted. In the limiting case where the length constant is set equal to zero, the zero point energy diverges and special relativity is recovered. The theory satisfies themore » philosophical principle by Leibniz, that the space-time structure should be determined from the interactions instead of being postulated a priori.« less

Authors:
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Nevada System, Reno
OSTI Identifier:
6363813
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Int. J. Fusion Energy; (United States)
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 3:2
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
72 PHYSICS OF ELEMENTARY PARTICLES AND FIELDS; 71 CLASSICAL AND QUANTUM MECHANICS, GENERAL PHYSICS; QUANTUM FIELD THEORY; LORENTZ INVARIANCE; RELATIVITY THEORY; NONLINEAR PROBLEMS; COMMUTATION RELATIONS; LORENTZ TRANSFORMATIONS; QUANTUM MECHANICS; SPACE-TIME; FIELD THEORIES; GENERAL RELATIVITY THEORY; INVARIANCE PRINCIPLES; MECHANICS; TRANSFORMATIONS; 645400* - High Energy Physics- Field Theory; 657003 - Theoretical & Mathematical Physics- Relativity & Gravitation

Citation Formats

Winterberg, F. Nonlinear relativity and the quantum ether. United States: N. p., 1985. Web.
Winterberg, F. Nonlinear relativity and the quantum ether. United States.
Winterberg, F. Mon . "Nonlinear relativity and the quantum ether". United States.
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abstractNote = {The orthodox approach to relativistic quantum field theory axiomatically postulates Lorentz invariance, followed by the axioms of quantum mechanics. Departing from this approach we have designed a heuristic procedure by which the Lorentz transformations follow from the interactions characterized by the quantum mechanical commutation rules, rather than being postulated a priori. The most general operator representation of the quantum mechanical commutation rules that involve a length constant, have in the past been rejected on the ground that they violate Lorentz invariance. We therefore have applied our heuristic principle to derive the corresponding transformation equations that take into account the length constant appearing in this most general representation. We find a nonlinear generalization of the Lorentz transformations, departing from special relativity at very high energies and establishing the observable existence of a substratum (ether). The principle that the velocity of light is the same in all reference system still holds, but the theory gives a finite zero point vacuum energy. Furthermore, a non-Lorentz invariant behavior of cross sections at very high energy is predicted. In the limiting case where the length constant is set equal to zero, the zero point energy diverges and special relativity is recovered. The theory satisfies the philosophical principle by Leibniz, that the space-time structure should be determined from the interactions instead of being postulated a priori.},
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journal = {Int. J. Fusion Energy; (United States)},
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