Reconsidering extra time-like dimensions
Department of Physics, İzmir Institute of Technology, Gülbahçe Köyü, Urla, İzmir, 35430, Turkey
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Revised: 6 May 2006
Published online: 27 June 2006
In this study we reconsider the phenomenological problems related to tachyonic modes in the context of extra time-like dimensions. First we reconsider a lower bound on the size of extra time-like dimensions and improve on the conclusion in the literature. Next we discuss the issues of spontaneous decay of stable fermions through tachyonic decays and disappearance of fermions due to tachyonic contributions to their self-energies. We find that the tachyonic modes due to extra time-like dimensions are less problematic than the tachyonic modes in the usual 4-dimensional setting because the most troublesome Feynman diagrams are forbidden once the conservation of momentum in the extra time-like dimensions is imposed.
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