Foundations of Physics

, Volume 12, Issue 1, pp 89–92 | Cite as

Schlegel's photon clock theory: A reply to Wormald

  • Richard Schlegel


Wormald proposes to remove the anomalous absorption of photons in the light clock by making a relativistic correction for absorption frequencies in the mirrors. This would require different corrections for atoms in mirrors 1 and 2, even though both have the same velocity relative to the observer. A relativistic time transformation by direct velocity dependence of time rate is different from a transformation between clocks with Lorentz-invariant proper time readings. With ascription of an invariant proper time to the photon clock, one loses its property of directly illustrating the relativistic time transformation.


Relativistic Time Time Rate Proper Time Time Reading Relativistic Correction 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard Schlegel
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhysicsMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing

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