From the history of physics

Lev Yakovlevich Strum and the hypothesis of the existence of tachyons

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a Institute of Applied Physics, Russian Academy of Sciences, ul. Ulyanova 46, Nizhny Novgorod, 603000, Russian Federation
b Dnepropetrovsk National University, ul. Nauchnaya13, Dnepropetrovsk, 320625, Ukraine

It is argued that, historically, the concept of the existence of hypothetical superluminal particles called tachyons was preceded by the concept of a faster-than-light process. The latter concept, put forth by Lev Yakovlevich Strum (1890–1936) of the Soviet Union, contained within it the formulation of what later came to be known as the `reinterpretation principle’ of tachyon theory, a principle which proved instrumental in solving the problem of cause and effect in faster-than-light motions. L Ya Strum’s results on this subject are briefly discussed, and his professional career is outlined.

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PACS: 01.65.+g, 03.30.+p (all)
DOI: 10.3367/UFNe.0182.201211g.1217
Citation: Malykin G B, Savchuk V S, Romanets E A "Lev Yakovlevich Strum and the hypothesis of the existence of tachyons" Phys. Usp. 55 1134–1139 (2012)
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Received: 17th, May 2011, revised: 14th, November 2011, 16th, November 2011

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