Faculty Advisor

Aravind, Padmanabhan K.

Abstract

This project examines two different types of superluminal motions. The first is of a theoretical particle known as the tachyon, whose existence is not forbidden by the laws of physics but which has never been observed. An interpretation of the interactions of tachyons with ordinary (subluminal) particles is given and a paradox involving tachyons is discussed. The second type of superluminal motion studied is connected with faraway galaxies. However the faster than light motion observed here is only apparent and can be understood on the basis of the known laws of physics. Data related to this effect is presented and analyzed.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2016

Major

Physics

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Physics

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