Necessity of acceleration-induced nonlocality
Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
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Annalen der Physik
Volume 523, Issue 3, pages 226–234, March 2011
How to Cite
Mashhoon, B. (2011), Necessity of acceleration-induced nonlocality. Ann. Phys., 523: 226–234. doi: 10.1002/andp.201010464
- Issue published online: 7 FEB 2011
- Article first published online: 10 JAN 2011
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 NOV 2010
- Manuscript Received: 23 NOV 2010
- accelerated observers.
The purpose of this paper is to explain clearly why nonlocality must be an essential part of the theory of relativity. In the standard local version of this theory, Lorentz invariance is extended to accelerated observers by assuming that they are pointwise inertial. This locality postulate is exact when dealing with phenomena involving classical point particles and rays of radiation, but breaks down for electromagnetic fields, as field properties in general cannot be measured instantaneously. The problem is corrected in nonlocal relativity by supplementing the locality postulate with a certain average over the past world line of the observer.