Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Do Photons Go Faster Than the Speed of Light When Pulled by a Strong Gravitational Field?

I don’t know. Is there any physical reason that would resist a photon from speeding up. It has been demonstrated that photons can travel slower than the speed of light, doesn’t this possibly indicate that light can also speed up.

The results of Arthur Stanley Eddington's 1919 solar eclipse experiment showed that massive gravity changes the direction of photons. Doesn’t this mean that as a photon approaches a mass, it is pulled faster by the warped timespace?

Are the only things that restrain a photon from traveling faster than the speed of light some hundred year old flawed theories?

Remember, those theories were made my scientists that thought the galaxy was the Universe.

I hope someone who knows more about this than me can answer this question, without relying solely on theory. I'm sure someone has looked into this, but I sure can't find it.

An upstart astrologer ... This fool wishes to reverse the entire science of astronomy; but sacred Scripture tells us that Joshua commanded the sun to stand still, and not the earth. ~ Martin Luther on Copernicus

I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use. ~ Galileo Galilei

All great truths begin as blasphemies. ~ George Bernard Shaw


Justin said...

Do a search for variable speed of light (VSL).

Carol Blaney, Ph.D. said...

...'tis all relative, we are told by our gentle guru. Still, the question is good. damn.
OK. I'm standing on a massive object, and i watch a steady, constant stream of identical photons approach (as in a star).
Analogy: b/c of the massive object, It's as if I'm accellerating through space and traveling towards that stream of photons. But to make the analogy fair, the source of the stream of photons also accellerates away from me at the same rate since we maintain constant distance from one another. Right? So the color shift I see is constant.
Back to the original example: On that massive object, I see stars at a contant (shifted) color. I only see light traveling at c. , but each photon sees itself traveling infinite speed no matter where it goes or what spacetime warpage it sees. To a photon, the time between its source and its destination is zero microseconds.
If anyone follows this, please say so. peace.

Barbaro Rojas said...

Well, sub atomic particles do not apply to the theory of relativity, or rather do but nothing that HAS MASS can match or go beyond the speed of light as stated in the theory, although this is often overlooked when talking about things that don't have mass. That is why it has been possible in labs to have light go up to 300 times faster than the speed of light, and for photons to travel to another chamber before having entered the original chamber.

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