Our calculations on EM waves basically deal with harmonic waves and through such calculations and relations, we derive some relations and limitations for wave like phenomena. Of these relations are group and phase velocity of a wave. We impose some limitations on how great this velocity (e.g. for an EM wave) could be.

But how could (and why) we generalize such limitations ( like the one on the propagation speed of sinusoidal waves) to limitations for transmitting any kind of information?

Plus: What is the precise definition of "information" (which we always say it can not travel faster than C )??

  • 1
    $\begingroup$ See group velocity $\endgroup$ – Trimok Sep 17 '13 at 16:17
  • $\begingroup$ @Trimok: Yeah, I had a look at it. Thank you. Like what you lead me to read, I guess the answer is what "Wave–particle duality" talks about... I didn't know much about it.. though I believe it's interesting to hear different ideas and view points specially on this physics forum in addition to what we find on other websites like wikipedia. $\endgroup$ – 2physics Sep 17 '13 at 17:00

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.