Foundations of Physics

, Volume 41, Issue 7, pp 1193–1199

Tunneling Confronts Special Relativity


DOI: 10.1007/s10701-011-9539-2

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Nimtz, G. Found Phys (2011) 41: 1193. doi:10.1007/s10701-011-9539-2


Experiments with evanescent modes and tunneling particles have shown that (i) their signal velocity may be faster than light, (ii) they are described by virtual particles, (iii) they are nonlocal and act at a distance, (iv) experimental tunneling data of phonons, photons, and electrons display a universal scattering time at the tunneling barrier front, and (v) the properties of evanescent, i.e. tunneling modes are not compatible with the special theory of relativity.


Special relativityTunnelingFaster than lightSuperluminal signal velocity

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.II. Physikalisches InstitutUniverstät zu KölnCologneGermany