Noninertial observers in special relativity and clock synchronization debates

Rowland, D. R. (2006) Noninertial observers in special relativity and clock synchronization debates. Foundations Of Physics Letters, 19 2: 103-126. doi:10.1007/s10702-006-0370-5

Author Rowland, D. R.
Title Noninertial observers in special relativity and clock synchronization debates
Journal name Foundations Of Physics Letters   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0894-9875
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10702-006-0370-5
Volume 19
Issue 2
Start page 103
End page 126
Total pages 24
Editor Alwyn Van Der merwe
Place of publication New York
Publisher Springer Netherlands
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
Abstract Selleri's arguments that a consideration of noninertial reference frames in the framework of special relativity identify absolute simultaneity as being Nature's choice of synchronization are considered. In the case of rectilinearly accelerating rockets, it is argued by considering two rockets which maintain a fixed proper separation rather than a fixed separation relative to the inertial frame in which they start from rest, that what seems the most natural choice for a simultaneity convention is problem-dependent and that Einstein's definition is the most natural (though still conventional) choice in this case. In addition, the supposed problems special relativity has with treating a rotating disk, namely how a pulse of light traveling around the circumference of the disk can have a local speed of light equal to c everywhere but a global speed not equal to c, and how coordinate transformations to the disk can give the Lorentz transformations in the limit of large disk radius but small angular velocity, are addressed. It is shown that the theory of Fermi frames solves both of these problems. It is also argued that the question of defining simultaneity relative to a uniformly rotating disk does riot need to be resolved in order to resolve Ehrenfest's paradox.
Keyword special relativity
conventionality of simultaneity
noninertial frames
inertial transformations
Ehrenfests paradox
Accelerating Reference Frame
One-way Speed
Rotating Platform
Twin Paradox
Q-Index Code C1

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