# Question #a6abc

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Apr 17, 2014

No, the index of refraction cannot be less than 1.

The index of refraction is a ratio, comparing the speed of light in a vacuum ($c = 3.00 x {10}^{8} \frac{m}{s}$) to the speed of light in another substance in which the light will slow down (and therefore, refract). This relationship is shown by the formula $n = \frac{c}{v}$ where $n$ is the index of refraction of the substance and $v$ is the speed of light in whatever form of matter the light is traveling through.

Since light cannot travel faster in any substance than it does in a vacuum, the faster speed (c) is always in the numerator, making the ratio always larger than 1.