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Absurd detector

  1. Nov 18, 2004 #1
    some time ago i found this information

    http://www.spots.ab.ca/~belfroy/tachyonDetector.html

    on internet about a supposed "tachyon detector " . I have to confess that i believe this junk until a more deep study of electronics and amplificators led me to conclude that this is only a simple 3 stage amplificator

    is ridiculous and funny to think now how some pieces of transistors, capacitors and resistance could detect something that even the most powerful and advanced scientific instruments ever constructed couldnt have done yet

    this is definitively pseudoscience

    someone knows who is this misterious professor Shinichi Seike, or about that whacky G research institute, or know something about the "principles of ultrarelativity" ?

    thanks
     
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  3. Nov 18, 2004 #2

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    I never made it past the opening sentence...

    "A tachyon particle if it exists as a particle that can travel faster than the speed of light. It may have a mass and size smaller than that of a light photon"

    Assuming a photon is massless, it appears we are talking negative mass here. That is a pretty thoroughly discredited concept.
     
  4. Nov 18, 2004 #3

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    Tachyons are a standard feature of some string physics, where it is sometimes possible for physical interactions to turn them into physical particles. But to detect them with ordinary electronics is just silly.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2004 #4

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    Good point. I may have issues with theories that make no testable predictions.. er, isn't that called string theory?
     
  6. Nov 19, 2004 #5
    Hi,

    I think that if tachyon particles exist, they would be massless bundles of energy/momentum, without any electromagnetic, weak, strong, or gravitational properties. They would be detectable only by their transfer of energy/momentum to a suitable detector.

    juju
     
  7. Nov 19, 2004 #6

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    They can't be massless, because the thing that allows them to travel faster than light is their imaginary mass, m2 < 0. If they were massless, they would just travel at c, like the photon.
     
  8. Nov 20, 2004 #7
    also ridiculous is what this guy has at the bottom of some of his other web pages
    after browsing through some of his "theoretical science" writings, they all seem fairly characteristic of those with a very superificial understanding of physics trying to come up with "revolutionary ideas"...crackpots
     
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  9. Nov 20, 2004 #8
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    It may be that being just bundles of energy/momentum. they are not subject to the same constraints as other massless particles.

    Also, if a particle had an imaginary mass, wouldn't that imply that its world lines would be perpendicular to normal space.

    juju
     
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