Superluminal Motion Applet
REU student Quinn Looker and Prof. M.
Lister have developed an Adobe flash applet that illustrates the
concept of superluminal motion in relativistic jets. The user can set
the viewing angle, intrinsic speed (Lorentz factor), and distance to
the jet, and then watch how a luminous relativistic object effectively
chases its own light signals to give the illusion of superluminal
transverse motion. You will need a copy of Adobe
Flash player to run the simulation.
Click here to run the applet