NEC Success in Superluminal Light Propagation Proves Light Can Travel Faster than its Speed in Vacuum
TOKYO July 19th, 2000- Scientists at NEC Corporation's (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) basic research unit in the United States, NEC Research Institute (NEC-I), have proven light can travel faster than its acknowledged speed in vacuum*1 in a successful experiment in superluminal light propagation. Despite exceeding the vacuum speed of light, the experiment is not at odds with Einstein's theory of relativity and is explainable by existing physical theory. The research work, which may result in significantly faster information transfer speeds across networks and in computers, is to be published in the July 20th issue of Nature in a paper by NEC research scientists Dr. Lijun Wang, Dr. Alexander Kuzmich and Dr. Arthur Dogariu.
"Our experiment shows that the generally held misconception that nothing can move faster than the speed of light, is wrong. Einstein's Theory of Relativity still stands, however, because it is still correct to say that information cannot be transmitted faster than the vacuum speed of light," said Dr. Lijun Wang.