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A tachyon
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07-29-2012, 04:32 PM #1
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A tachyon (play /ˈtæki.ɒn/) or tachyonic particle is a hypothetical particle that always moves faster than light. The word comes from the Greek: ταχύς or tachys, meaning "swift, quick, fast, rapid", and was coined by Gerald Feinberg in a 1967 paper.[1] Feinberg proposed that tachyonic particles could be quanta of a quantum field with negative squared mass. However, it was soon realized that excitations of such imaginary mass fields do not in fact propagate faster than light[2], but instead represent an instability known as tachyon condensation. Nevertheless, they are still commonly known as "tachyons"[3], and have come to play an important role in modern physics.[4]

Most physicists think that faster-than-light particles cannot exist because they are not consistent with the known laws of physics.[4][5] If such particles did exist, they could be used to build a tachyonic antitelephone and send signals faster than light, which (according to special relativity) would lead to violations of causality.[5] Potentially consistent theories that allow faster-than-light particles include those that break Lorentz invariance, the symmetry underlying special relativity, so that the speed of light is not a barrier.
07-29-2012, 05:15 PM #2
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I'm opening an Unobtainium mine. We can convert it into tachyons. chuckle.gif

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07-29-2012, 10:07 PM #3
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Good nutshell there.
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07-30-2012, 04:10 AM #4
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that's very interesting but to smart for me gave me a brain cramp

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07-30-2012, 04:36 AM #5
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(07-29-2012, 05:15 PM)JayRodney Wrote:  I'm opening an Unobtainium mine. We can convert it into tachyons. chuckle.gif


be careful
Rocky and Bullwinkle still have a Patent on that mine ye know



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