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• Gaitskell

PH0008

Quantum Mechanics and Special Relativity

Lecture 9 (Special Relativity)

Relativistic Kinematics

Relativistic Doppler Effect & Visualisation

Prof Rick Gaitskell

Department of PhysicsBrown University

Main source at Brown Course Publisher

background material may also be available at http://gaitskell.brown.edu

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Section: Special Relativity Week 4

Homework (due for M 3/11) Reading (Prepare for 3/11)o SpecRel (also by French)

Ch5 RelativisticKinematics

Lecture 8 (M 3/11)o Relativistic Kinematics

Velocities

Doppler Effect

Lecture 6 (W 3/13)o General Relativity

Guest Lecture from Prof Ian DellAntonio

Lecture 7 (F 3/15) Doppler Effect Reanalysis of Twin Paradox with signal

exchange

Introdution to Relativistic Dynamics

Reading (Prepare for 3/18)o SpecRel (also by French)

Ch6 Relativistic Dynamics: Collisions andConservation Laws

(Review)

Ch3 Einstein & Lorentz Transforms Ch4 Realtivity: Measurement of Length

and Time Inetrvals

Ch5 RelativisticKinematics

Homework #8 (M 3/18)o Start early!

(see web Assignments)

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Homework / Office Hours

Please pick up your HW #1-4 from outside my office B&H 516

Special Office Hourso I will hold special office hours on Friday 1-3 pm

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Question SectionQuestion Section

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Question SpecRel L09-Q1

Two objects have velocity along x b1=0.5 and b2=-0.5measured in our frame? What is their apparentclosing velocity in our frame?

o(1) 0.0c

o(2) 0.5c

o(3) 0.8c

o(4) 1.0c

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Question SpecRel L09-Q2

Two objects have velocity b1=0.5 and b2 =-0.5measured in our frame S? What is their apparentclosing velocity viewed from object 1?

o(1) 0.0c

o(2) 0.5c

o(3) 0.8c

o(4) 1.0c

Let frame of object 1 be S moving at b1 in frame S

Velocity of 2 in S frame is

b 2 =b2 - b( )1+ b2b( )

=(-0.5) - (+0.5)( )

1- (-0.5)(+0.5)( )

=-1( )

1+ 0.25( )= 0.8

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Question SpecRel L09-Q3

In the acoustic Doppler Effect - what is the fequencyshift dependent on?

o(1) Only the relative source-observer velocity

o(2) Velocity of source in medium

o(3) Velocity of observer in medium

o(4) Both (2) & (3)

n = n1- ureceiver w1- usource w

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Question SpecRel L09-Q4

What colour is my tie, if am approaching you at b=1?o(1) Red

o(2) Infra-Red

o(3) Blue

o(4) None of above

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Question SpecRel L09-Q5

How does a sphere, moving with high perpendicularvelocity, appear to us?

o(1) Contracted along direction of motion, but same heightas when stationary

o(2) Still spherical

o(3) Contracted vertically, but same width as when stationary

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Relativistic Doppler EffectRelativistic Doppler Effect

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Doppler Effect in Sound

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Relativistic Doppler Effect

Source in S frame, Observer in S frame

x

ct

x

ct

1st Pulse

(n+1) Pulse

(x1,t1)

t = nt

(x2,t2)

x 1 = x 2

t = 0

Consider 1st and (n +1)th light pulses from source at x = 0 which are both observed at position x 1 = x 2 , (the observer is stationary in S ).(b is velocity of observer frame S measured in S)

In S frame, if we consider the propagation time of the light then the obs. evts #1 and # 2 are located at(1) x1 = ct1 = x0 + bct1(2) x2 = c t2 - nt( ) = x0 + bct2

Therefore, subtracting (2) - (1) abovec t2 - t1( ) - cnt = bc t2 - t1( )

c t2 - t1( ) =cnt

1- b( )=

cnt1- b( )

x2 - x1 =bcnt1- b( )

In observer frame S using Loretz Trans.c t 2 - t 1( ) = g c t2 - t1( ) - b x2 - x1( )[ ]

= gcnt1- b( )

- bbcnt1- b( )

x0

The time interval covers n periods, andthe apparent period t in S is

t =t2 - t1

n

= gt

1- b( )- b

bt1- b( )

=gt

1- b( )1- b 2[ ]

= g 1+ b( )t

Sour

ce x

=0

Obs

erve

rx

=con

st.

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Relativistic Doppler Effect (2)

Source in S frame, Observer in S frame,moving away from source with velocity b

o The frequency the observer sees is lower thanthat of the source

o This answer depends only on relative velocity ofsource and observer, unlike acoustic effect

The time interval covers n periods, andthe apparent period t in S is

t = g 1+ b( )t

=1+ b( )2

1- b 2( )

12

t

=1+ b1- b

12t

Or in terms of frequencies n

n =1- b1+ b

12n

The time interval covers n periods, andthe apparent period t in S is

t =t2 - t1

n

= gt

1- b( )- b

bt1- b( )

=gt

1- b( )1- b 2[ ]

= g 1+ b( )t

Remember Acoustical Doppler Effect : -Stationary source, receeding receiver

n = 1- b( )nReceeding source, stationary receiver

n =1

1+ b( )n

where b is the velocity of moving objectdivided by wave velocity in medium

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Relativistic Doppler Effect (3)

Source in S frame, Observer in S frame,moving away from source with velocity b

o The frequency the observer sees is lower than thatof the source: RED SHIFTED

If source and observer approach one anotherthen sign of b is reversed

o The frequency is increased: BLUE SHIFTED

o (Frequency of blue light is higher than red light)

The frequency of a clock approaching usdirectly will appear to be higher, not (s)lower

o This in contrast to viewing clock from sideo We must be clear about situation we are studying!

Receeding at b

n =1- b1+ b

12n

Approaching at b

n =1+ b1- b

12n

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Relativistic Doppler Effect (4)

Exampleso Red shift of galaxies (Hubble)

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Relativistic Doppler Effect (5)

Transverse Doppler Effecto Classically when velocity of object is perpendicular to sight linethere is no Doppler Effect

o However, relativistically there is still time dilation to consider

Perpendicular at velocity b, observer S t = gt

n =1g

n

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The phenomena of electrodynamics as well as ofmechanics possess no properties corresponding tothe idea of absolute rest. They suggest rather that the same laws of electrodynamics and optics willbe valid for all frames of reference for which theequations of mechanics hold good.

Einstein, quoted in Physics, Structure and Meaning, p288 Leon Cooper

First Lawo Body continues at rest, or in uniform motion

During acceleration and deceleration this frame is not inertialo We will return to this problem at end of Relativistic Kinematics Section

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From Eartho 12 pulses are sent (including one at arrival)o Note only 2 arrive at ship during out bound leg

From Ship (moving at 2/3c)o 12/1.34~8.9 pulses are sento Earth also sees a very uneven reception

pattern

x

ct

Light-Ray

Astronaut is moving at 2/3c on both legs

Time dilation will be t = gt

g =1

1- 23( )2

~ 1.34

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RelativisticRelativistic Visualisation Visualisation

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Apparent Rotation at Relativistic Speeds

Apparent Rotation of Object due to finite propagation time of lighto J. Terrell, Physical Review 116, 1041 (1959).

To viewer the : -apparent length of perpendicular face is

=W0c

v

Apparent length of parallel face is

=L0g

Note this could be considered a rotation inrest frame of q since projected lengths would be

W0 sinq and L0 cosq , respectively

(cos2 q = 1g 2

=1- b 2 =1- sin2 q)

L0

W0

v

Side View

Assume oberving at perpendicular,large distance away

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and a sphere?

How would a sphere appear?o R. Penrose, Proc. Camb. Phil. Soc. 55, 137 (1959).

o Always spherical

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Relativistic Tram

Effectso Lorentz contraction of parallel length

What is the g ?

o Rotation of trailing perpendicular edge Time of flight effect

o Curve of verticals above and below centre of view ditto

v~0.87c

Images provided byo C.M. Savage and A.C. Searle,

Department of Physics andTheoretical

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