Scientific Association for the Study of Time in Physics and Cosmology

The University of Arizona
Pima Community College

SASTPC Research

The SASTPC brings together researchers in astronomy, astrophysics, cosmology, gravitational physics, particle physics, mathematics and related areas, with the purpose of exploring subjects observationally and theoretically which are directly or potentially related to the nature of time. A common thread related to both conventional and controversial research points toward a need for a better understanding of the nature of time. Many conventional views are actively pursued while alternatives are rarely examined in a comprehensive manner. The SASTPC research is directed toward addressing various new and old ideas including a serious effort related to alternative models of time and studies supportive of that objective.

The SASTPC research program incorporates observational studies of our Galaxy and external galaxies which relate to the nature of galaxies and systems of galaxies. It includes work on the nature of the redshift, large scale structure, and early universe conditions which define the nature of possible cosmological models. Since the origin of the universe is linked to the physics of fundamental particles and forces, particle physics is an inherent part of the SASTPC research program. Stellar and interstellar astrophysics is included to the extent that it relates to the larger scale nature of galaxies and cosmology, or to unexplained phenomena which may have cosmological overtones.

From the theoretical viewpoint models have been introduced in the past and explored in connection with phenomena such as quantum time, multi-dimensional time, non-Doppler redshifts, particle properties and time asymmetry.

Insight is needed to assist in re-formulating extant models and formulating new models of time. New and innovative ideas are welcome.

Areas of research include but are not limited to:

The Redshift

  • Precision surveys
  • Intrinsic correlations
  • Differential and global quantization
  • Excess and discordant redshifts
  • Geometric correlations
  • Radial dependence in galaxies and systems of galaxies
  • Density dependence in systems

Critical Properties of Galaxies

  • Boundary and nuclear properties
  • Component relationships
  • Quantization of substructure
  • Processes related to acceleration mechanisms, neutrino processes, or high energy
  • Fundamental scale calibrations
  • Precision photometry and morphology
  • Radial, boundary, and substructure properties in systems of galaxies
  • Supercluster / void geometry and substructure
  • Quasar properties
  • Properties at high redshift
  • Distance dependence of properties

Approaches to Observational Cosmology

  • CBR properties
  • Tests of gravitation models, tests of quantization models
  • Tests of multi-dimensional time models
  • Tests of time-matter evolutionary models
  • Critical objective tests of conventional models

Gravitation and Time in Relativity

  • Extensions of both Special Relativity and General Relativity relating to aspects of time
  • Gravitation in connection with time and cosmology
  • Quantum gravity
  • Large scale structure of space-time
  • Review of standard models and introduction of innovative alternatives

Particle Physics

  • Evaluation of the Standard Model
  • Applications related to the large scale and cosmology
  • Concepts from string theory
  • Uncertainties in the fundamental structure of space and time
  • Unification

Mathematical Models and Statistical Methods

  • Multi-dimensional time
  • Time asymmetry
  • Non-linear models of time
  • Geometrical properties of time
  • Alternative models of time related to physics and cosmology
  • Statistical methods for evaluation of findings

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