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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Thoughtful Comments On 'bessel Beams And Signal Propagation'
Author: Capelas de Oliveira E.
Rodrigues Jr. W.A.
Thober D.S.
Xavier Jr. A.L.
Abstract: In this Letter we present thoughtful comments on the paper 'Bessel beams and signal propagation' showing that the main claims of that paper are wrong. Moreover, we take the opportunity to show the nontrivial and indeed surprising result that a scalar pulse (i.e., a wave train of compact support in the time domain) that is solution of the homogeneous wave equation (vector (E→, B→) pulse that is solution of Maxwell equations) is such that its wave front in some cases does travel with speed greater than c, the speed of light. In order for a pulse to possess a front that travels with speed c, an additional condition must be satisfied, namely the pulse must have finite energy. When this condition is fulfilled the pulse still can show peaks propagating with superluminal (or subluminal) velocities, but now its wave front travels at speed c. These results are important because they explain several experimental results obtained in recent experiments, where superluminal velocities have been observed, without implying in any breakdown of the principle of relativity. © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V.
Rights: fechado
Identifier DOI: 10.1016/S0375-9601(01)00289-4
Date Issue: 2001
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