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Thread: what kind of test might detect the presence of tachyons?

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    what kind of test might detect the presence of tachyons?

    what type of cosmic event, (e.g. like a supernova or blackhole), might they be predicted to occur from?

    are tachyons classed as fermions or bosons or another class of particle?

    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.


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    "Tachyon" is a general term which signifies any particle moving at superluminal speeds. It is not a specific particle in and of itself, so it could be either a fermion or a boson.

    Since tachyons are purely hypothetical constructs, I know if no physical process which would emit or detect them. Furthermore, tachyons would be very unstable, in that a free tachyon would rapidly accelerate to infinitely large speeds unless energy is expanded to slow it down.
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    One possible test would be the measurement of Cherenkov radiation in a vacuum.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Janus View Post
    One possible test would be the measurement of Cherenkov radiation in a vacuum.
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    thanks alot for all the feedback guys. i wish i could know a few laws about tachyons but i guess they are too theoretical at the moment.
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    There are three web references I found that I like, and probably more that I didn't find. They are too short, but they would give you a bit of an oversight of the subject:

    math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/ParticleAndNuclear/tachyons.html
    imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ask_astro/answers/970612b.html
    scienceworld.wolfram.com/physics/Tachyon.html
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    Hi guys, I found this on the net, which seems to be a theory about measuring tachyons from galactic phenomenon like blazers.

    Polarization of superluminal ?-rays: Tachyonic flare spectra of quasar 3C 279
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    They appear to be claiming that they have measured it, which, on the face of it, seems to be nonsense.
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