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Measuring time at very high speed

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While space is measured directly, time is measured indirectly through an event. In general, we use a periodic event to measure time. We only need to count the number of periods between the starting point and the ending point of the event. In other words, we measure time through frequency. To investigate whether time dilates at a speed approaching light speed, it is convenient to study the behavior of periodic events at such a high speed. In the present paper, we discuss time dilation by means of thought experiments (in German: Gedankenexperimente) involving periodic events occurring aboard a spaceship traveling at a speed approaching the speed of light. We conclude that the two postulates of Special Relativity simply cannot coexist.
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Keywords: Einstein's Postulates; Special Relativity; Time Dilation

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 7, 2017

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  • Physics Essays has been established as an international journal dedicated to theoretical and experimental aspects of fundamental problems in Physics and, generally, to the advancement of basic knowledge of Physics. The Journal's mandate is to publish rigorous and methodological examinations of past, current, and advanced concepts, methods and results in physics research. Physics Essays dedicates itself to the publication of stimulating exploratory, and original papers in a variety of physics disciplines, such as spectroscopy, quantum mechanics, particle physics, electromagnetic theory, astrophysics, space physics, mathematical methods in physics, plasma physics, philosophical aspects of physics, chemical physics, and relativity.
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