Tomaschitz, R. (2014). Tachyonic Cherenkov radiation in the absorptive aether, Physics Letters A 378, 2915-2923, DOI: 10.1016/j.physleta.2014.08.010


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Dissipative tachyonic Cherenkov densities are derived and tested by performing a spectral fit to the gamma-ray flux of supernova remnant (SNR) RX J1713.7 - 3946, measured over five frequency decades up to 100 TeV. The manifestly covariant formalism of tachyonic Maxwell-Proca radiation fields is developed in the spacetime aether, starting with the complex Lagrangian coupled to dispersive and dissipative permeability tensors. The spectral energy and flux densities of the radiation field are extracted by time averaging, the energy conservation law is derived, and the energy dissipation caused by the complex frequency-dependent permeabilities of the aether is quantified. The tachyonic mass-square in the field equations gives rise to transversally/longitudinally propagating flux components, with differing attenuation lengths determined by the imaginary part of the transversal/longitudinal dispersion relation. The spectral fit is performed with the classical tachyonic Cherenkov flux radiated by the shell-shocked electron plasma of SNR RX J1713.7 - 3946, exhibiting subexponential spectral decay.



95.30.Gv Radiation mechanisms; polarization

41.60.Bq Cherenkov radiation

98.38.Mz Supernova remnants

52.27.Ny Relativistic plasmas




Tachyonic Cherenkov radiation in the absorptive aether



Tomaschitz, Roman



AA(Department of Physics, Hiroshima University, 1-3-1 Kagami-yama, Higashi-Hiroshima 739-8526, Japan 0000-0001-8735-4503)



Physics Letters A, Volume 378, Issue 40, p. 2915-2923.

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description: Roman Tomaschitz (2014) Tachyonic Cherenkov radiation in the absorptive aether, Phys. Lett. A 378, 2915.


Keywords: tachyonic radiation fields, complex permeability tensors and tachyon mass, energy dissipation in a permeable spacetime, Green functions of dispersive Maxwell-Proca fields, polarization of tachyons, dissipative Cherenkov flux densities, shock-heated plasma of supernova remnants, SNR RX J1713.7 - 3946, absolute spacetime, aether, radiation modes with negative mass-square, frequency-dependent tachyon mass, manifestly covariant field equations in a refractive and absorptive spacetime, subexponential Weibull spectral decay



Tachyonic Maxwell-Proca radiation fields in a dispersive and dissipative spacetime.

Transversal/longitudinal Poynting flux vector and associated spectral energy density.

Energy dissipation quantified by absorption term in the energy conservation law.

Dissipative Cherenkov densities (classical) and tachyonic attenuation lengths.

Cherenkov energy flux from the shocked electron plasma of SNR RX J1713.7 - 3946.


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