light speed… and beyond

by prash on 11 Sep 2005

metathinking links to this interesting piece of news:

On the screen, a small pulse shifts back and forth €“ just a little bit. But this seemingly unremarkable phenomenon could have profound technological consequences. It represents the success of Luc Thévenaz and his fellow researchers in the Nanophotonics and Metrology laboratory at EPFL in controlling the speed of light in a simple optical fiber. They were able not only to slow light down by a factor of three from its well €“ established speed c of 300 million meters per second in a vacuum, but they’ve also accomplished the considerable feat of speeding it up €“ making light go faster than the speed of light.

who says nothing is faster than light?
light is.

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