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

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Do Maxwell's equations independently impose constraints on the speed of light?

My question is about the relations and equations that makes us to impose constraints on the velocity at which electromagnetic waves propagate. Do Maxwell's equations independently impose constraints ...
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Isn't the front edge of a wave, kind of “information” which travels faster than light?

Considering the definition of phase and group velocities, We know group velocity can't exceed C but phase velocity can be infinitely high. Assume a monochromatic electromagnetic wave traveling with a ...
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Speed of light in a gravitational field ?

How do I solve the speed of light in gravitational field? Should I just add gravitational acceleration in speed of light? $c'=c_0+g(r)t$?
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Relativity question: frequency shift under constant acceleration

Okay, my buddy tells me this: Let there be a starship, ovoid, and me and my buddy stand each at the extremities of the ship, him below the roof, me on the floor. We start a journey and the ship ...
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Can light travel slower than the maximum?

First of all, I know that light does indeed travel slower in a medium like air or water, but that's because the photons are bouncing off of the medium's particles and in different directions so the ...
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Please explain me this relativistic occurrence [duplicate]

So, for example, we have the planet, a spaceship (cylinder shaped) and a ball in it (spaceship is like transparent so we can see the ball). We are on the planet looking at the ship. The spaceship ...
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If I travel close to the speed of light and come back, why is everyone else dead, and not me? [duplicate]

Consider the following scenario: I get in a spaceship, and travel really close to the speed of light for a while, and then come back. A lot of time has passed on the Earth, but since I was traveling ...
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Faster than light in plasma

Some plasmas have a refraction index of less than 1. In these plasmas the phase velocity of light can be faster than light-speed. But the phase itself won't transfer information, so no paradox occurs ...
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Principle of relativity and motion perpendicular to the direction of light beam

consider you are in a train that moves with a speed of $c/4$. A bulb is hanged from the ceiling. A light beam leaves the bulb downward. Exactly under the bulb on the floor is a detector. According to ...
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Characteristic of photons for constant speed

What characteristic of photons causes them to travel with constant speed in all frames of reference? Till the topics I have studied, we always assume this but never got any ideas what can be in the ...
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Disk spinning at the speed of light [duplicate]

Of course, I mean that the edge of the disk is traveling at the speed of light. This is a question that popped into my head a few years ago when I was learning about some basic relativity in high ...
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How is Special Relativity (SR) shown to NOT be an artifact of perception or measurement [closed]

Special Relativity (SR) paradoxes are old-hat. But as I read explanations, they tend to resolve issues of simultaneity by applying the appropriate math... but that seems to me to be proving the theory ...
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What happens with time at the speed of light? [duplicate]

Say that by some means you could become massless, and therefore travel at the speed of light. I understand that the closer you get to the speed of light, the slower time appears to the person ...
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'Push' in a rigid rod travel at speed of sound or speed of light [duplicate]

Two person, $A$ and $B$, each holding one end of a long solid rod. Now person $A$ pushes the rod on one end. Question: Is it correct that the information that the rod has been pushed will travel ...
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Do we move at the speed of light relative to light?

My understanding of relativity isn't very sophisticated, but it seems to me that relative to a photon moving at the speed of light, we are moving at the speed of light. Is this the case?
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Achieving almost the speed of light

I am much interested in physics. I have been caught up with one serious question related to speed of light. Hearing about Large Hadron Collider (LHC), it is said that protons in there are accelerated ...
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Einstein's Cosmic Speed Limit $c$ challenged by Black Holes/Massive Objects [duplicate]

To even suggest the great Einstein is incorrect on anything he has written is inconceivably absurd. Being fully aware of this I do indeed dare to not only suggest he is wrong but I cannot believe ...
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Gravitational slingshot of light using a black hole/massive object

Wikipedia has this page on gravity assists using planets. In some cases this effect was used to accelerate the spacecraft to a higher velocity. This diagram shows this in a very oversimplified manner. ...
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Photon mass and life time

In this article, the author tried to explain that, Einstein's theory may not valid because he says "photon can decay because it may have minute amount of mass". I'm totally in a conundrum state that ...
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Space expanding, or light slowing down? [duplicate]

This question seems a lot like one of those "Phylosoraptor" memes all over the Internet, and it might be very silly, but I've been thinking about this for a while. Is it possible that space is not ...
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Could it be a limit in our measuring the speed of photon, instead of photon having a speed?

Are we (not) limited by our own speed through time (1 sec / sec) to measure highest possible speeds(c)? I fire a laser which hits a mirror and comes back and I precisely measure the time, and knowing ...
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Photons moving relative to photons

I know we can't move at the speed of light, but if we were to travel on a photon how fast would we see other photons going? The speed of light is constant... So do photons see other photons moving at ...
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What's the simplest method for accurately measuring the speed of light? [duplicate]

With common household objects in hand, and, say a budget of $20, what's the simplest experiment for accurately measuring the speed of light?
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Could time be changing without us knowing? [closed]

I've been wondering about relativity for a while now. We seem to measure time by using the speed of light. Light can be slowed down or stopped We assume light doesn't change in a vacuum - yet, how ...
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If time stops for an object, does that object feel gravity?

As far as I understand The GTR, it is said that Mass bends space-time which causes gravity. So every Mass in this universe is flowing through space-time example earth is moving along with space-time ...
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how can u control the speed of light? [closed]

The light traveling a 3 lake km/sec, but Pls tell me how can a control the speed of light, means can limit the speed like 2 lake km/sec are 1 lake km/sec Pls tell me equation
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Can a force stop a Photon since Photons have momentum and What does momentum mean when talking about massless particles?

Momentum measures how hard it is to stop an object. While Photons are massless they still have relativistic mass and energy. My question is can something stop photons other than being absorbed by ...
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Is it possible for a photon to be at rest? [duplicate]

I know it doesn't really make sense if looking at the photon from the wave point of view, but is there any law of physics which prohibits a photon from stopping completely? Thanks.
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Accelerated Light Sources

When someone accelerates towards a light source, how does the light that's radiating off from it look? I suppose in an inertial frame, all the light should be moving off straight from the source, but ...
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Are we travelling at a speed close to the light speed? [duplicate]

This is a question which has been puzzling me quite a while. There was a news report saying that the farthest galaxy spotted so far is at 13.3 billion light-years away, and it is said that the galaxy ...
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Why an electron “rotate” around the nucleus at a speed close to the light one? [closed]

Why an electron "rotate" around the nucleus at a speed close to the light one? I mean where he gets all this energy? One DOES NOT simply approach the speed of light AFAIK.
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Are there (or could there be) electrically charged particles that move at the speed $c$? [duplicate]

A photon, a neutrino (if it has zero rest mass) move at $c$ but what about charged particles? If the answer is no, is there a fundamental reason or just because of the radiation it emits?
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Is the universe we know just shaped due to time? [closed]

Call me a daydreamer, but I could not stop myself for asking this question. I was idle when something ticked me and struck my head. I was thinking about universe, speed of light, and how time works. ...
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Two different mediums can have equal index of refraction?

In other words: given a certain medium, is light's phase velocity unique?
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Do radio waves go faster than the speed of light? [closed]

My science teacher used to say a lot of weird stuff, but I'm just making sure on this one.
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Frame of reference of the photon? [duplicate]

In the frame of photon does time stop in the meaning that past future and present all happen together? If we have something with multiple outcomes which is realized viewed from such frame? Are all ...
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How did the scientific community receive this measurement of speed of gravity

This link and this one concern a recent measurement, by Chinese scientists, of the speed of gravity using Earth tides. They find it is consistent with a speed equal with the speed of light, with an ...
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reflection at speed of light when both mirror and viewer is travelling at the speed of light [duplicate]

consider me sitting on the top of a train which is travelling close to the speed of light, will I be able to see my image on a mirror which I'm holding in my hand??
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How does light behave within a black hole's event horizon?

If the event horizon of a black hole is the distance from the center from within which light cannot escape, imagine a person with a flashlight falls into the black hole. He points his flashlight in a ...
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Use something that slower than light in Michelson–Morley experiment

Follow by the Michelson–Morley experiment, What happen if we use something that has a speed lower than light instead of light in Michelson–Morley experiment? How about the result?
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Speed of Light Question and Einstein [closed]

Einstein's clock experiment. What would happen if you were to travel at the speed of light or faster than the speed of light towards the clock? Can we translate this into traveling large distances ...
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Simple Question: Speed of Electromagnetic Waves in a Medium

If the speed of an electromagnetic wave in a particular medium is such that $v = c$, the speed of light, does this mean that the permeability $\mu = \mu_0$, i.e. that of a vacuum and the index of ...
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Is velocity of light constant? [duplicate]

There is a difference between the concept of the speed of light and the velocity of light. are both of them constant ($dc=0$ and $dv_c=0$)? if yes, why?
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What exactly is implied by Einstein's insight in this scene from the NOVA series “$E=mc^2$ Einstein's Big Idea?” [closed]

In the documentary movie "$E=mc^2$ Einstein's Big Idea?", the narrator says "Einstein had a monumental insight", when Einstein and his close friend were looking at the clock towers in the city. ...
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Relative to the speed of light

Einstein's relativity tells us that light always travels at the speed of light relative to me, no matter how fast I'm going. Right? This really confuses me though. If light travels from A to B in one ...
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Can a pushed plank beat light and break the laws of physics? [duplicate]

Imagine you are one lightyear away from a photon sensitive (light sensitive) switch. So it is obvious that light would take one year to reach to the switch. Now I have a one lightyear long plank. I ...
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What is the time component of velocity of a light ray?

If we have a light ray $x^\mu$ with velocity $c$, what is $c^0$ (the time component)?
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Is it possible to make a light beam act like a stream of water from a spining hose? [closed]

If we had the ability to make an actuator that could turn around at or past the speed of light and I attached a high miliwatt laser to it, then spun the laser around on the actuator at the speed of ...
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The Speed of Light [duplicate]

I know that the speed of light is constant for some reason. But why is it that when shining light from a spacecraft that is moving at (almost) the speed of this light, the speed of this light ...
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Quantum Mechanical Effects of an object accelerating near speed of light $c$?

Consider a space ship, undergoing constant acceleration (which for our purposes means that the same amount of energy is being used per second to increase its speed). According to special relativity ...