Duality-invariant Einstein-Planck relation and the speed of light at very short wavelengths

D. Jou, M. S. Mongiovi

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We propose a generalized Einstein-Planck relation for photons which is invariant under the change λ/alP to alP/λ, λ being the photon wavelength, lP Planck's length, and a a numerical constant. This yields a wavelength-dependent speed of light v(λ)=c/(1+a2(lP/λ)2), with c the usual speed of light in vacuo, indicating that the speed of light should decrease for sufficiently short wavelengths. We discuss the conceptual differences with the previous proposals related to a possible decrease of the speed of light for very short wavelengths based on quantum fluctuations of the space-time, as well as its consequences on Heisenberg's uncertainty principle up to second order in l P. © 2011 American Physical Society.
Original languageEnglish
Article number107303
JournalPhysical Review D - Particles, Fields, Gravitation and Cosmology
Publication statusPublished - 8 Nov 2011


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