Is the Lorentz Transformation DistanceDependent?
Abstract
An analysis of the Lorentz transformation shows that the unchangeability of the spacetime coordinates of the inertial systems under consideration and the possibility of a direct projection of those coordinates onto another are the underlying assumptions as to its unlimited validity. It is demonstrated that from a empiricphysical point of view these assumptions are not given in the case of inertial systems separated by very large distances. Analogous to the impossibility to measure motion relative to absolute space, it turns out to be physically non feasible to extend the coordinate system of any reference frame considered at rest relative to a distantly moving system for a direct comparision of the coordinates, and vice versa. The extended Lorentz transformation strictly based on first physical principles predicts the possibility of superluminal propagation of very distant material bodies and, in this case, the generation of Cerenkov radiation out of the quantum vacuum. For many astrophysical phenomena and their experimentally verified properties this yields a novel view.
 Publication:

arXiv eprints
 Pub Date:
 November 1999
 arXiv:
 arXiv:physics/9911022
 Bibcode:
 1999physics..11022K
 Keywords:

 General Physics
 EPrint:
 11 pages