Superluminal terahertz pulses

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In femtosecond terahertz-pulse (T-ray) imaging of metal structures with dimensions of the order of the wavelength, it is observed that the T rays propagate faster than the vacuum speed of light. In the case of apertures this can be understood as a waveguide effect in which superluminal velocities are expected close to the cutoff frequency. However, the effect is also observed close to knife edges and in propagation past thin metal wires.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)25-27
Number of pages2
JournalOptics Letters
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1999


  • femtosecond terahertz-pulse
  • T-ray
  • metal structures
  • wavelength
  • speed of light
  • superluminal velocities


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