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A justification of the invariance of the speed of light by quantum theoretical considerations

Authors
  • Cordin, Michael1
  • 1 University of Innsbruck, Dornbirn, 6850, Austria , Dornbirn (Austria)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Scientific Reports
Publisher
Springer Nature
Publication Date
Jan 13, 2021
Volume
11
Issue
1
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1038/s41598-020-80922-w
Source
Springer Nature
License
Green

Abstract

Abstract phenomena can often be analysed in a visually clear way by thought experiments. In the present work a new thought experiment is analysed, which describes the emission of a photon by a special mechanism. The analysis leads to the finding, that there is a natural connection between the energy-time uncertainty and the Heisenberg position-momentum uncertainty principle. A deeper analysis of this thought experiment, especially with regard to a justification of the Doppler effect from the uncertainty principle, leads to the conclusion, that the speed of light is invariant. Therefore it seems reasonable to assume, that the origin of relativistic laws lies in non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

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