9. Shukri Klinaku, Light clock and the Lorentz factor

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Volume 28: Pages 488-490, 2015

Light clock and the Lorentz factor

Shukri Klinakua)

University of Prishtina, Sheshi Nëna Terezë, 10 000 Prishtina, Kosova


In relative motion, according to the special theory of relativity (STR), the Lorentz factor represents the rate of change of a physical quantity as measured in two different frames of reference. To explain this factor in length contraction and time dilation, STR uses a light clock. It is this explanation that will be reviewed in this paper and with a simple calculation it will be proved that a light clock does not support the Lorentz factor in this issue.


En mouvement relatif, d'après la théorie de la relativité restreinte, le facteur de Lorentz représente la proportion de variation d'une quantité physique entre deux référentiels. Pour expliquer ce facteur de contraction des longueurs et de dilatation des temps, la relativité restreinte utilise une horloge lumineuse. Cette explication sera examinée dans notre article, et un calcul simple prouvera qu'une horloge lumineuse ne justifie pas le facteur de Lorentz dans ce domaine.


Key words: Lorentz Factor; Light Clock; Special Relativity.


Received: December 15, 2014; Accepted: September 27, 2015; Published Online: October 14, 2015


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