This English edition of a successful, proven title provides a sound scientific background, while allowing a popular presentation of the physics behind the strange and mysterious tunneling process.
Based on his groundbreaking experiments, Prof Nimtz places the topic in a broader context by showing connections with other branches of physics. He and the team of authors begin by introducing such fundamental concepts as space and time and continue with tunneling phenomena from optics, nuclear and solid state physics. Avoiding mathematical equations and definitions altogether, they explain step-by-step the prerequisites for the tunnel effect to function, from classical mechanics to quantum mechanics, right up to modern topics, such as wormholes and space travel a la Star Trek.
With a foreword by astronaut Ulrich Walter, science team member of the D-2 Space Shuttle Mission.
, Astrid Haibel
Country of Publication:
23 January 2008
Professional and scholarly
Foreword: Subtle is the Lord. Preface. 1 Introduction. 1.1 The Tunneling Process. 1.2 Time, Space and Velocity. 2 Measures of Time and Space. 2.1 Measures of Time: Heartbeat, Day and Year. 2.2 Measures of Length: Foot, Meter and Light Year. 3 Time in Biology. 3.1 Perception, Thoughts, Brainwork, Memory. 3.2 Biological Time Unit. 4 Velocity. 4.1 Velocity Definitions. 4.2 Velocity Measurement. 4.3 Interaction Processes. 4.4 Signals. 4.5 From Galilei via Newton and Einstein to Quantum Physics. 5 Faster than Light and Zero Time Phenomena. 5.1 The Tunneling Process: Space with Zero Time. 5.1.1 The Tunneling Effect. 5.1.2 Tunneling Time. 5.2 Photonic Tunneling Structures. 5.2.1 Double Prisms. 5.2.2 The Quarter Wavelength or lambda/4 Lattice. 5.2.3 The Undersized Hollow Waveguide. 5.3 Tunneling Velocity. 5.3.1 Measuring Tunneling Time with Double Prisms. 5.3.2 Measuring Tunneling Time with the Quarter Wavelength Lattice. 5.3.3 Determining Tunneling Time with an Undersized Hollow Waveguide. 5.3.4 Tunneling: Zero Time in the Tunnel Barrier. 5.4 Tunneling as a Near-Field Phenomenon. 5.5 Causality. 5.6 Non-Locality: Reflection at Tunneling Barriers. 5.7 Tunneling Particles are Not Observable. 5.8 Universal Relation between Tunneling Time and Signal or Particle Frequency. 5.9 Teleportation. 5.10 Wormholes and Warp Drives. 6 Summary. Bibliography. Index.
After a diploma in electrical engineering, Gunter Nimtz moved to the University of Vienna were he received his doctorate in physics and philosophy. Back in Germany he finished his habilitation in physics and in 1977 accepted a position as research associate at McGill University, Canada. From 1983 until his retirement he held a professorship at the University of Cologne. Astrid Haibel finished her PhD thesis at the University of Cologne about the topic of Signal Propagation in Photonic Barriers. She is currently working at the Hahn-Meitner Institute in Berlin in the Department of Materials Science.
Reviews for Zero Time Space: How Quantum Tunneling Broke the Light Speed Barrier
The book is interesting because it explains the background concepts behind the authors' experiments, tunneling, light transport, and relativity in a manner that will be accessible to undergraduate physics students. It is well written and worth using as supplemental reading for physics course work. (CHOICE, October 2008) The story itself gives a good picture of how science moves forward: Experiments check on theory and raise questions that may lead to better theory. There are diagrams and pictures throughout the text. The diagrams are generally helpful in describing the science, the experiments, and the results. (Science Books & Film, October 10, 2008) This book succeeds in being an accessible introduction to this fascinating topic for the non-specialist. (Physics World, May 2008)