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Duck on a pound VS Cherenkov radiaton cone

  1. Nov 15, 2009 #1
    Here are two pages showing examples of the Cherenkov radiation:
    http://physics.syr.edu/hep/rich.html [Broken]
    http://www.iss.infn.it/webg3/cebaf/hadron.html

    I don't understant why the cone is ahead of the particule path.

    I thought that the cone of light formed behing the particule path (like the v shaped shoc wave behind a duck)

    Can somebody clear this up for me?
     
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  3. Nov 15, 2009 #2

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    The cone shows where the light ends up, not where it is produced.
     
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