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Keywords:

  • Lorentz transformation;
  • special relativity;
  • superluminal

In this extended note a critical discussion of an extension of the Lorentz transformations for velocities faster than the speed of light given recently by Hill and Cox [1] is provided. The presented approach reveals the connection between faster-than-light speeds and the issue of isotropy of space. It is shown if the relative speed between the two inertial frames v is greater than the speed of light, the condition of isotropy of space cannot be retained. It further specifies the respective transformations applying to -∞<v<-c and c<v<+∞. It is proved that such Lorentz-like transformations are improper transformations since the Jacobian is negative. As a consequence, the wave operator, the light-cone and the volume element are not invariant under such Lorentz-like transformations. Also it is shown that such Lorentz-like transformations are not new and already known in the literature.