the electromagnetic shock-wave due to a charged particle traveling through a medium faster than the speed of light in that medium.

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How can muons travel faster than light through ice?

When a neutrino traveling through ice hits and interacts with an oxygen atom, muons are created. Cherenkov radiation can be created when muons travel through ice faster than light and create a ...
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Electrons faster than speed of light

While looking at some exercises in my physics textbook, I came across the following problem which I thought was quite interesting: It is possible for the electron beam in a television picture tube ...
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What happens if light/particles exceeded the speed of light for a particular medium

While the speed of light in vacuum is a universal constant ($c$), the speed at which light propagates in other materials/mediums may be less than $c$. This is obviously suggested by the fact that ...
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How do air Cherenkov telescopes work?

The very highest energy photons, gamma-rays, are too energetic to be detected by standard optical methods. In fact they rarely actually make it to the surface of the Earth at all but interact with ...
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Would using Cherenkov radiation for lighting be feasible?

Could Cherenkov radiation be used for general illumination, for example, to replace LEDs, light bulbs etc? I.e. are there, or could there be, methods to produce substantial amount visible light with ...
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Alongside a light ray (in another medium)

It is a said fact that the speed of light is insurmountable. But can the validity of this fact be questioned in another medium? If I pass a beam of light in, say water (here the light speed is ...
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Can Cherenkov radiation be a color other than blue?

Recently, I asked a question about the plausibility of green superheated plasma (like the green plasma blasts in many video games) in real life. I actually found a post in the SciFi Stack Exchange ...
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Can gravitational waves produce “sonic boom”?

I've heard that a fast moving object such as a jet plane traveling much faster than speed of sound can produce shockwaves which is also known as sonic boom, also Cherenkov radiation is produce by ...
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Mass of particle near light speed in a medium

I am trying to get a common understanding from these two previous questions: Why does the mass of an object increase when its speed approaches that of light? What happens if light/particles exceeded ...
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Cherenkov radiation and K-40

I am thinking if it's possible to detect Cherenkov radiation in water caused by dissolved natural potassium (KOH) in it without using photo-multipliers. The main question is does 1 beta particle ...
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Cherenkov radiation in nuclear bomb

Would Cherenkov radiation occur at the explosion of a nuclear bomb? Suppose it would not be occluded by smoke or anything else for that matter.
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Would the blue glow of Cherenkov radiation be visible when diffused across ice, such as in the IceCube neutrino experiment?

The blue glow characteristic of Cherenkov radiation is visible emanating from underwater reactors. Is it also visible through ice, at the IceCube neutrino experiment (not that anyone is physically ...
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Calculating the number of quanta emitted as Cherenkov radiation in a wavelength interval dl?

This website gives an equation for it http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SpeedOfLight/cherenkov.html It appears as plaintext but this is what I believe it is parsed: $n = \dfrac{dl 2πα ...
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Detectable interactions in Cherenkov detectors

What are the possible (and at least somewhat probable) particle interactions that could leave a signal in a cherenkov detector (such as super-k)? One source suggested there would be inverse beta ...
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Theoretically if you passed the speed of light in a medium, would there be a sonic boom equivalent?

I know that it is technically impossible to reach the speed of light in vacuum since the mass of the object travelling would reach infinity. However in a medium, would there be some sort of ...
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How many Cherenkov photons on the track of the electron? [closed]

I have this problem where a neutrino interacting with deuterium decay in 2 protons and 1 electron. This electron will produced Cherenkov photon. The specific energy loss of heavy water is ...
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Can something go faster than the speed of light in a medium? [duplicate]

Since some mediums have an index of refraction more than 1, light goes slower than in a vacuum. Does this mean it is possible for particles to go faster than the speed of light in these mediums? If ...
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Cherenkov Luminescence Imaging, Cherenkov radiation,

Is it possible to see glowing from Thin Layer chromatography (TLC silica gel on Aluminium) when we image it by IVIS spectrum (no radioactive source)?
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Cherenkov radiation can it happen in a jar using tap water with 8 thorium laced lantern mantles as a radiation source

I placed 10 thorium laced lantern mantles into a wide mouth glass jar 5.25 inches diameter x 6 inches tall, filled with tap water to just below the threaded neck portion of the jar. The jar mouth ...
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What will the point of view be when you move faster than light in a medium?

In water the light become slower to the point where electron in water moving faster than light (in the same medium). So in electron frame of reference what will electron's point of view be? From what ...