Skip to comments.'We have broken speed of light'
Posted on 08/16/2007 10:15:43 AM PDT by LibWhacker
A pair of German physicists claim to have broken the speed of light - an achievement that would undermine our entire understanding of space and time.
According to Einstein's special theory of relativity, it would require an infinite amount of energy to propel an object at more than 186,000 miles per second.
However, Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, say they may have breached a key tenet of that theory.
The pair say they have conducted an experiment in which microwave photons - energetic packets of light - travelled "instantaneously" between a pair of prisms that had been moved up to 3ft apart.
Being able to travel faster than the speed of light would lead to a wide variety of bizarre consequences.
For instance, an astronaut moving faster than it would theoretically arrive at a destination before leaving.
The scientists were investigating a phenomenon called quantum tunnelling, which allows sub-atomic particles to break apparently unbreakable laws.
Dr Nimtz told New Scientist magazine: "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of."
Glad to know it wasn't my imagination.
If they narrow or widen a photon's frequency off of the scale...
What I want to know is what kind of radar gun were they using to measure the speed of those photons???? And if it means that those photons actually arrived before they left, then wouldn’t the radar gun read a negative number for speed or at most zero?
Harvard scientists say they’ve stopped light: Speed of light is zero
Source: Boston Glob
Published: 1/18/2001 Author: Douglas Bailey
Posted on 01/18/2001 14:18:46 PST by rface
Sit. Speak. Good Photon! (Scientists can make light stand still)
Posted on 04/10/2002 12:14:29 PM EDT by Texaggie79
Ultra-simple Desktop Device Slows Light To A Crawl At Room Temperature
Science Daily | 4-1-2003 | Editorial Staff
Posted on 04/01/2003 10:25:59 PM EST by vannrox
not really related:
Speed Of Light May Not Be Constant, Physicist Suggests
Published: 10-6-1999 Author: Bruce Rolston
Posted on 10/06/1999 07:24:31 PDT by boris
Faster Than the Speed of Light: E = mc2, Except When It Doesn’t
NY Times | 2/09/03 | George Johnson
Posted on 02/28/2003 8:57:55 AM EST by Boot Hill
I responded to this misconception in post #287. Gravity travels at or near the speed of light as far as experiments have determined. If you haven't studied quantum mechanics, electrodynamics, and optics then you should STOP NOW before you dig yourself a hole. The same bad logic that people use to say that gravity travels faster than the speed of light also works almost identically for electromagnetism, a force ~10^40 times stronger. And I don't think there is any doubt that electromagnetic interactions work at the speed of light.
Good point. When people talk about going faster than the speed of light, they generally mean taking something travelling slower than the speed of light, making it travel faster than the speed of light, for a time, then getting it back to less than the speed of light at a desired destination.
Shorthand for this generally incudes terms such as “breaking the light barrier”, etc.
You remind me of my favorite line in "Space Balls" , the movie.Something to the effect of:
Are we at hyper light speed?
She's gone to .....Plaid!
Utterly impossible and untrue. Its like the claim recently about creating ‘cold fusion’. Wait and see, they’ll be retracting this tidbit soon enough.
You are right on that. Reminds me of Saturday night at the movies as a pubescent teen, applied to physics?
I hope everyone realizes that , if true, this means that time travel IS indeed possible, both to the future , and more difficult, into the past.
So if Hillery wins, we can just come back and ........... ........................................................ ........................................................ ........................................................ ......................JIMMY THE CHADS!
I agree. 1st thought that popped into my head reading this “Didn’t we hear all this about Cold Fusion”?
Yours is one of the best descriptions of this I've ever seen. Too bad it is something reporters are incapable of understanding.
I think we are both desperately lacking a rim shot...
Don't worry about it. I broke mine, and used some 100-mile-an-hour tape. It'll fix anything. Learned that in the Army.
I've got the speed of light down to about Autobahn cruising speed, and everything's just fine.
On a side note, this stuff might be the duct tape of the 21st century.
roflmao! to rich for words
Bump. Good point.
:’) different research, related:
Scientists Mess with the Speed of Light (breaking the speed limit, sort of)
pure energy systems | 19 aug 05 | Ker Than
Posted on 08/24/2005 9:02:52 PM EDT by Arkie2