Lorentz-transformation and Galileo-transformation Windows

Oxburgh, S., Gray, N. , Hendry, M. and Courtial, J. (2014) Lorentz-transformation and Galileo-transformation Windows. In: Novel Optical Systems Design and Optimization XVII, San Diego, CA, USA, 17-21 Aug 2014, 91931K. (doi: 10.1117/12.2061415)

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We define Lorentz-transformation windows as windows that change the direction of transmitted light rays like a Lorentz transformation. Similarly, Galileo-transformation windows change the direction of transmitted light rays like a Galileo transformation. This light-ray-direction change distorts the scene seen through such a window in the same way in which the scene would be distorted in a photo taken with a camera moving through the scene. Lorentz-transformation windows can also undo the distortion of the scene when moving at relativistic velocity relative to it. For small angles between the direction of the light rays and the direction of the velocity, Galileo-transformation windows can be realised with relatively simple telescope windows, which consist of arrays of identical micro-telescopes.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hendry, Professor Martin and Courtial, Dr Johannes and Gray, Dr Norman and Oxburgh, Mr Stephen
Authors: Oxburgh, S., Gray, N., Hendry, M., and Courtial, J.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Physics and Astronomy
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2014 SPIE
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