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How Does an Electron Tell the Time?

Ord, Garnet ; Mann, Robert

International Journal of Theoretical Physics, 2012, Vol.51(2), pp.652-666 [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    How Does an Electron Tell the Time?
  • Autor: Ord, Garnet ; Mann, Robert
  • Assuntos: Special relativity ; Spacetime ; Statistical mechanics ; Dirac equation
  • É parte de: International Journal of Theoretical Physics, 2012, Vol.51(2), pp.652-666
  • Descrição: We examine a model of a digital clock to clarify the origin of the spacetime approach in special relativity. Specifically, we consider a two photon clock and assemble a statistical mechanics of such clocks to see how Minkowski space relates to local finite frequency clock behaviour. The result suggests that finite frequency clocks measure spacetime area and it is this feature that provides a simple mechanism behind Minkowski space on large scales. The same feature appears to implicate quantum mechanics on small scales.
  • Idioma: Inglês

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