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Special Relativity breaks down in matter?

  1. Oct 7, 2011 #1
    Special Relativity breaks down in matter???

    The same idea was proposed by several authors( Ravndal arXiv:0810.1872v1, Crenshaw arXiv:0812.3348v2 , Wang arXiv:0909.1856v2, et al ) to study Abraham-Minkowski controversy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abraham–Minkowski_controversy). They pointed out light speed c of special relativity should be replaced by c/n (n is refractive index) within a medium. :surprised That is, the theory of relativity is not universal and extended theory will reduce to the old one in case of n=1(vacuum). See Wiki, an experimental report "Crucial experiment to resolve Abraham-Minkowski controversy" published by Optik just now supports their argument.

    Are they reasonable? If wrong, how to explain "Abraham-Minkowski Controversy"?
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  4. Oct 13, 2011 #3
    Re: Special Relativity breaks down in matter???

    Thanks.But this is a review and not to introduce any new idea. Above three papers are important although they were not collected by arxiv0710.0461. For example, the speed of a neutrino is unnecessary to be c which is useful to understand the newest report of CERN (arXiv:1109.4897v1). The neutrino has a zero rest mass and two components provided the speed is a constant,no matter it is subluminal,c or superluminal. The apparent non-zero rest mass(or imaginary) given by other experiments should originate from the difference between the constant and c.
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