The speed of light is a fundamental universal constant that marks the maximum speed at which energy and information can propagate. Its value is $299792458\frac{\mathrm{m}}{\mathrm{s}}$.

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Did the mass of the electrons went infinite in the experiment done by William Bertozzi in the 1960s?

it is impossible to accelerate a particle to a speed greater than c, no matter how much kinetic energy we give it In an experiment published in 1964, electrons were accelerated to a large voltage ...
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Speed of light in zero-index material or similar

I've always thought that the maximum speed of light is achieved in vacuum. Now in some "popsci" news there are references as if there are mediums where light can go faster. Are these zero-index ...
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Why can't anything travel faster than light?

It is a well known fact, that nothing can travel faster than light. I have discussed that fun fact numerous times with my 8 year old son. One day he asked "why?", and I realized that I didn't know the ...
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Relative Time from a far place

I have read that whenever we see the sun we are seeing the sun as it was before 8 minutes ago. Meaning if the sun were to somehow go dark we would not know until 8 minutes after. Now I became ...
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Reaching the speed of light [duplicate]

This is a very elementary question, and I'm sure there's a simple answer. However, I must ask... So I had this random thought... Imagine you had a bullet that would fire an additional bullet. Just ...
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The Michelson-Morley experiment

A fundamental assumption in special relativity is that the speed of light is constant in all inertial reference frames, which was first established empirically via the Michelson-Morley experiment. ...
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How can light cross $c$ in the given hypothetical experiment? Where I am wrong? [closed]

There is a concave mirror, which has somehow maintained the speed $\frac{c}{2}$ toward west ( for instance) , and there is a light wave or you can say a ray of light is moving in N-E direction. So we ...
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How long would it take to see the nearest star die?

If you were in the general proximity to the nearest star to Earth (besides the Sun) and you saw it turn to a neutron star or black hole at the very end of it's star cycle, how much longer would it ...
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Why is the speed of light a limit? and why is it just $3×10^8\,\text{m/s}$? [duplicate]

Why does light travel with speed $3×10^8\,\text{m/s}$? and why not more?
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Will light continue traveling after the source has stopped producing light? [closed]

Will light continue traveling after the source has stopped producing light?
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How can travelling at light speed affect light itself? [duplicate]

~Hypothetical Scenario: Your driving in a car (with the headlights on high beam) and you gradually get faster until you reach the speed of light. Raised Assumptions: You can see in and out of the ...
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Observing light speed

Consider an observer B is moving with speed $0.8c$ relative to another observer A in standard-configuration (I think it is called that in english: that the system B is only moving along the $x$-axis ...
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Why is the speed of light in vacuum what it is?

Three-pronged question on the speed of light. One: simply, do we know why the speed of light in a vacuum is what it is and why nothing is allowed to go faster? Two: if we knew why the speed of ...
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Dispersion for a highly energetic electron

The dispersion relation can be expressed as: $$w=\frac{\hbar k^2}{2m}$$ The energy of a free particle is: $$E=\sqrt{p^2c^2+m^2c^4}$$ For a highly energetic electron we have $E\approx pc.$ The ...
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Why is light in vacuum so slow? [duplicate]

Accepting the speed of light in vacuum and infinite mass and all that, I wonder why light does not have infinite speed? I know light does not have rest mass, but people use the term infinite mass ...
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Equal and opposite reaction at light speed

My knowledge of physics is very limited. And this question is only really to help me put to rest a question i have had for some time. I would like the answer to be a simple one as i am not really in ...
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What experiments have been done that confirm $E=mc^2$?

What experiments have been done that confirm $E=mc^2$? Are there experimental results that contradict $E=mc^2$? Or are experimental results consistently showing this famous formula to be true?
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Speed of light violation?

While reading this article Discovery of the companions of millisecond pulsars, it mentions a pulsar rotating multiple times a second, and I was wondering if this doesn't exceed the speed of light?
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Can a black hole move at speed of light?

Black hole comes in all sizes ranging from microscopic black hole on a quantum scale to supermassive black hole that resides in the center of probably every galaxy. Photon have no rest mass hence they ...
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Speed of light in vacuum - definition and Constancy [duplicate]

This question has been nagging me for sometimes now, and even after studying all those relativity still cannot find an appreciable answer. The speed of light is $c$ defined and measured as constant ...
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How does light travel?

How does light travel, does this not contradict the idea that going the speed of light stops time? Because if going the speed of light stops time and light goes the speed of light shouldn't it be ...
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What happens if a super fast rotating ball accelerates near speed of light?

Assume we have a ball with diameter 1 meter and mass 1 kg rotating at 99,5% speed of light ...
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Why don't constant motion charges produce waves?

I'm a little confused about the origin of electromagnetic waves. Although I can understand their origin mathematically, I get a little confused about the physical intuition of... Information ...
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can a spaceship decelerate relativistically? [closed]

Say I have a spaceship, and on board is a laboratory set to accomplish some sort of experiment, simulation, or computation which might take upwards of a few hundred years or more to complete. Instead ...
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Speed of entangled particle changes [duplicate]

If two particles are entangled at a distance of light years, does changing one affect the other instantaneously, or does it take years to occur? What gives us the answer to this question?
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Could observed accelerating expansion be an illusion based on distance?

The thought occurred to me that if we just happened to be born into a time when the the universe started slowing down, it would take some time for us to observe this - especially in more distant ...
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Does laser beam expand along distance or not? [duplicate]

Why does laser dot become bigger at bigger distance? e.g: from millimeter to inches so that it distracts pilots in aircrafts. I knew that laser beam should't expand over distance, but remain stable. ...
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Electromagnetism and a simple doubt [duplicate]

Why don't electromagnetic waves need a medium to propagate? How does light get such a magnificent velocity?
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The speed of information

Does this expression have any rigorous meaning? Intuitively ,I feel that information about an event or a system in my environment propagates to me at a certain "speed". Does this correspond to ...
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Can light travel with a speed less than its speed at same time?

I know that the velocity of light with respect to anything is constant ($c$) . What, then, is velocity of light with respect to light?
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Is there any way to measure the one-way speed of light?

Is there any way (practical or theoretical) to measure the one-way speed of light? The two methods that come to mind are: Stellar aberration, and Using adiabatic clocks: synchronize clocks, then ...
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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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Why is there a universal speed limit?

I am looking for an answer that does not rely on Special or General Relativity -and without recourse to the fact that the speed of light is frame invariant. Is there another way of showing this ...
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Observable Universe from two different perspectives

My layman understanding is that the universe is much bigger than that we can observe however due to the cosmological constant the observable universe is the matter etc. that is not moving away from us ...
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Experiment measuring vacuum permittivity and permeability in high speed

Suppose that we do NOT know anything of constancy of speed of light, to say nothing of special relativity. It is that we acquired a constant speed of light from Maxwell's Equations that we finally ...
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Can photons be converted to dark matter in black holes? [duplicate]

I'm a pharmacy student so if it's not a good theory let's just not laugh at me :) I was wondering if it is possible that when the light enters a black hole and gets trapped in its gravity, its energy ...
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Why isn't time just a function of the speed of light being finite

Time is generally referred to as the fourth dimension and seems frequently to be treated as an equivalent to the 3 spatial dimensions. But then people seem to get tied in knots as to why time has an ...
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Can a beam of light be modulated close to it's frequency?

I'm wondering if it would be possible to modulate a signal using photon pulses - where the frequency of the signal would be close to the frequency of the light. Also would it be possible to transmit ...
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Can we measure speed of light in a non-transparent material

As I think even photons are absorbed by a non-transparent material, they aren't absorbed exactly at the same time. Light does propagate though a (sufficiently thin) opaque material. So can we measure ...
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Why does this treatment of the Michelson-Morley experiment assume the speed of light is constant?

In the Michelson-Morley experiment as per the above picture, the difference between the time for light to travel from $P$ to $R$ and back and the time for light to travel from $P$ to $Q$ and back is ...
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How do we know the speed of light is constant and spacetime dilates rather than vice versa?

Some conspiracy nut was telling me that Einstein was BS and there's a giant conspiracy that he's wrong but scientists would loose all their jobs if they admitted it. Of course this is all baloney, ...
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Velocity of approach of a beam of light and a moving object

I came across a problem on Brian Greene's course on Special Relativity. (http://www.worldscienceu.com/courses/6/elements/TnRUSU) From George's perspective, how fast does a beam of light approach ...
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Speed of inflation [duplicate]

The speed at which matter separated and formed our universe as we know it today was faster than the speed of light (I think its called Planck time)? Anyway how does this differ from saying that ...
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What are some ways to measure variations in the speed of light in vacuum?

To avoid confusion, I am not talking about measuring differences in the speed of light in vacuum as a result of a particular Lorentz boost. What I mean is, suppose the "constant speed of light" were ...
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Difference in Light's speed in various mediums [duplicate]

Light, despite not needing a medium and traveling due to oscillations of the electric and magnetic fields, slows down in mediums such as glass. I used to think it intuitively made sense, as we ...
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Einstein on a train paradox: what's the resolution?

Okay, so Einstein is on a train looking at a mirror. The train is moving at $c - 1 \frac ms$. Einstein is facing in the direction of motion. All along the side of the train are stationary clocks. ...
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The effects of special relativity when accounting for two reference frames

If reference frame A is travelling past reference frame B could one argue that it is in fact B that is motionless as their motion is relative to each other? If this is the case then how does one ...
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Why is the speed of light limited to (only) 299.792.458 m/s? [closed]

The speed of light (in a vacuum) is limited to 299.792.458 m/s. This sounds very fast, and it is on a global scale. But if you look at the Universe on a larger scale than it sounds quite slow, For ...
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Could light be limiting towards a more fundamental speed limit? [closed]

Could it be possible (as in strictly speaking, no evidence going against this) that light could be limiting towards a more fundamental speed, and that light truly does slow down when a mass goes a ...
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Would it be ok to say that not all light travels at the same speed when you consider its own perspective? [duplicate]

The reason I am asking is because higher energy would cause greater gravitational time dilation. Therefore I would expect, from the perspective of a radio wave, a gamma ray having more energy would ...