Scientists Breach Einstein's Theory

Photons traveled faster than light, say Germans
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2007 11:40 PM CDT
Scientists Breach Einstein's Theory
Albert Einstein   (Archive Photos)

(Newser) – Two German physicists claim to have sent microwave photons zooming past the speed of light , a feat Albert Einstein said would require an infinite—and impossible—amount of energy, reports the Daily Telegraph. "For the time being, this is the only violation of special relativity that I know of," said one of the scientists.

The physicists say they accomplished the feat while experimenting with an occurrence called quantum tunneling in which sub-atomic particles appear to flout the established laws of physics. They caused the photons, or tiny energetic packets of light, to travel instantaneously between a pair of prisms three feet apart at a speed ostensibly faster than light, or 186,000 miles per second. (Read more science stories.)

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