Cherenkov radiation

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Bogdan-Andrei Bagdasar 1A
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Cherenkov radiation

Postby Bogdan-Andrei Bagdasar 1A » Fri Oct 02, 2015 4:30 pm

I've read an article about the Cherenkov radiation and wanted to know what you think about this.

Article page: ... ght-2015-2

I'm asking this question mainly because Dr. Lavelle said there is nothing faster than speed of light and I remembered about the Cherenkov radiation and the "light boom".

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Re: Cherenkov radiation

Postby Chem_Mod » Sat Oct 03, 2015 4:28 pm

Interesting article although the second half includes conjectures.

Please note that in class I give the speed of light in a vacuum and also state the speed of light depends on the medium/material it is traveling through.

From the article:

"In water, light travels at 75 % the speed it would in the vacuum of outer space, but the electrons created by the reaction inside of the core travel through the water faster than the light does."

"While these particles are traveling faster than light does in water, they're not actually breaking the cosmic speed limit of 670,616,629 miles per hour."

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