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RE: Semi-on-topic: Light that travels faster than the speed of light?
- From: Fergie (Paul Ferguson)
- Date: Sat Aug 20 14:30:29 2005
Well, I would imagine that the faster you can ship the bits,
the faster anything can happen -- including BGP convergence and
botnet attacks (too!). :-)
Yeah, I realize that the possibility to actually "speed up"
light via the optical transmission systems may be a long
ways off (or simply impossible in practicality!), but I
thought this was interesting.
-- "Buhrmaster, Gary" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
To make this operational, will this speed up BGP convergence?
(note that there is a difference between group velocity
and phase velocity. The posters of "300,000 Kilometers Per
Second. It's Not Just a Good Idea, It's the Law!" are still
> -----Original Message-----
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> Subject: Semi-on-topic: Light that travels faster than the
> speed of light?
> Man, I knew I should've gotten in on the ground floor in
> any effort to speed up light -- someone's going to be
> rich beyond their wildest dreams. :-)
> (Thanks to a post over at Slashdot) the Science Blog
> reports that:
> A team of researchers from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale
> de Lausanne (EPFL) has successfully demonstrated, for the
> first time, that it is possible to control the speed of light
> - both slowing it down and speeding it up - in an optical
> fiber, using off-the-shelf instrumentation in normal
> environmental conditions. Their results, to be published in
> the August 22 issue of Applied Physics Letters, could have
> implications that range from optical computing to the
> fiber-optic telecommunications industry.
> - ferg
> "Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
> Engineering Architecture for the Internet
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> ferg's tech blog: http://fergdawg.blogspot.com/