1st Edition

The Nature of Light
What is a Photon?

ISBN 9781420044249
Published July 25, 2008 by CRC Press
452 Pages

USD $190.00

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Book Description

Focusing on the unresolved debate between Newton and Huygens from 300 years ago, The Nature of Light: What is a Photon? discusses the reality behind enigmatic photons. It explores the fundamental issues pertaining to light that still exist today.

Gathering contributions from globally recognized specialists in electrodynamics and quantum optics, the book begins by clearly presenting the mainstream view of the nature of light and photons. It then provides a new and challenging scientific epistemology that explains how to overcome the prevailing paradoxes and confusions arising from the accepted definition of a photon as a monochromatic Fourier mode of the vacuum. The book concludes with an array of experiments that demonstrate the innovative thinking needed to examine the wave-particle duality of photons.

Looking at photons from both mainstream and out-of-box viewpoints, this volume is sure to inspire the next generation of quantum optics scientists and engineers to go beyond the Copenhagen interpretation and formulate new conceptual ideas about light–matter interactions and substantiate them through inventive applications.

Table of Contents

Light Reconsidered. What Is a Photon?. What Is a Photon?. The Concept of the Photon—Revisited. A Photon Viewed from Wigner Phase Space. Inevitable Incompleteness of All Theories: An Epistemology to Continuously Refine Human Logics Toward Cosmic Logics. “Single Photons” Have Not Been Detected: The Alternative “Photon Clump” Model. What Is a Photon?. Oh Photon, Photon, Whither Art Thou Gone?. A Conclusive Experiment on Wave-Particle Duality of Light?. The Photon Wave Function. Photons Are Fluctuations of a Random (Zeropoint) Radiation Filling the Whole Space. Violation of the Principle of Complementarity and Its Implications. The Bohr Model of the Photon. The Maxwell Wave Function of the Photon. Modeling Light Entangled in Polarization and Frequency: Case Study in Quantum Cryptography. Photon–The Minimum Dose of Electromagnetic Radiation. Propagating Topological Singularities: Photons. The Photon: A Virtual Reality. The Photon and Its Measurability. Phase Coherence in Multiple Scattering: Weak and Intense Monochromatic Light Wave Propagating in Cold Strontium Cloud. The Nature of Light: Description of Photon Diffraction Based upon Virtual Particle Exchange. What Physics Is Encoded in Maxwell’s Equations?. From Quantum to Classical: Watching a Single Photon Become a Wave. If Superposed Light Beams Do Not Redistribute Their Energy in the Absence of Detectors (Material Dipoles), Can a Single Indivisible Photon Interfere?. What Processes Are behind Energy Redirection and Redistribution in Interference and Diffraction?. Do We Count Indivisible Photons or Discrete Quantum Events Experienced by Detectors?. Direct Measurement of Light Waves. Index.

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