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If they have an imaginary mass does this mean their Lorentz factor can't be calculated? And if so, can they move faster than light?

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Lunct

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If they have an imaginary mass does this mean their Lorentz factor can't be calculated? And if so, can they move faster than light?

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https://www.physicsforums.com/insights/misconceptions-virtual-particles/https://www.physicsforums.com/insights/physics-virtual-particles/

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I have read that the casimir effect happens due to virtual particles, so then surely they must interact with something?

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I have read that the casimir effect happens due to virtual particles, so then surely they must interact with something.

Casimir effect can be perfectly described without virtual particles. This has been discussed here multiple times, use "search" function. And also, again, I suggest reading links that I gave you. "Virtual particles" is just a name for a certain mathematical formulas that appear in perturbative quantum field theory. They don't exist outside the formalism.

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I was talking to a physicist who said to me

You've been here long enough to know this is not an acceptable reference.

I have read that

Nor is this.

We can spend a lifetime dealing with misheard and misunderstood comments from "I know a guy who knows a guy". But that doesn't mean we should.

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You've been here long enough to know this is not an acceptable reference.

Nor is this.

We can spend a lifetime dealing with misheard and misunderstood comments from "I know a guy who knows a guy". But that doesn't mean we should.

fair enoughCasimir effect can be perfectly described without virtual particles. This has been discussed here multiple times, use "search" function. And also, again, I suggest reading links that I gave you. "Virtual particles" is just a name for a certain mathematical formulas that appear in perturbative quantum field theory. They don't exist outside the formalism.

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Especially post #2 includes all that can be said to this subject, so I close this thread now.

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