Thursday, 22 Oct, 2009 Science

Researchers Claim to Have Broken the Speed of Light


Two physics from Germany claim they managed to break the speed of light. If this claim is proven to be true, the achievement will be able to alter our understanding of space and time.

The special theory of relativity, elaborated by Einstein, says that to be able to reach a speed of 300,000 kilometers per second, an object would need an infinite amount of energy. But according to Dr Gunter Nimtz and Dr Alfons Stahlhofen, of the University of Koblenz, they managed to breach the main key of that theory.

The two researchers say that they carried out an experiment that involved the participation of microwave photons, which are energetic packets of light. These photons travelled "instantaneously" between two prisms that had been lifted 3 feet apart.

It is worth mentioning that traveling faster than the speed of light might lead to strange consequences, reports The Daily Telegraph. For example, a person will be able to arrive in a certain point before leaving. Researchers were analyzing a phenomenon known as quantum tunnelling, which makes it possible for sub-atomic particles to break what appear to be unbreakable laws.

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