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It is here that an assumption is made in the lightclock ‘thought experiment’, which leads to the concept of time slowing down. The assumption is that ‘the photon will continue to be reflected between the central points of two parallel mirrors of the light box, regardless of the movement of the glass box.’ But this is not how the laws of ‘photon physics’ work.
Within the moving box, the photon spends most of its time travelling between the two mirrors and as such is unaffected by the movement of the evacuated glass box. In addition, when the photon is reflected perpendicularly off the moving mirrored surface, its speed is unchanged. If it gained or lost kinetic energy during its reflection off the mirrored surface, then this would result in an increase or decrease in its kinetic energy leading to a change in the magnitude of the photon’s speed, which we know is not the case. It is not possible to accelerate or decelerate a photon.
A photon between two parallel mirrors will disappear once the source of the light is gone. Photons are silly. light is a squeezing on the same energy grid of space time that magnetism acts on. once the squeezing effect of the flashlight or whatever the light source is is taken away it no longer exists in the mirror.
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