# Do the electrical and magnetic fields around a photon move faster than the speed of light?

I have seen similar questions to this, but I can't seem to get a firm answer. My understanding is that photons move in straight lines at the speed of light. These photons have perpendicular electrical and magnetic fields that move at various wavelengths around the photons. If this is true, then the effects of these waves must move several times faster than the speed of light to keep up with the photon. Is this true? If not, do the waves just lag way behind the photons? Or do I have it completely wrong and the photons themselves are moving along these waves, thus making the overall speed of the light much slower than $c$.

• No, it's the other way around. Photons don't consist of waves, waves consist of photons. Are there waves of water around molecules of water? No, the waves of water consist of the molecules of water. – safesphere Oct 22 '17 at 1:21