The Nature of Light: What is a Photon?

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Chandra Roychoudhuri, A.F. Kracklauer, Kathy Creath
CRC Press, 19.12.2017 - 452 Seiten
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.

 

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Chapter 1 Light Reconsidered
3
Chapter 2 What Is a Photon?
11
Chapter 3 What Is a Photon?
23
Chapter 4 The Concept of the PhotonRevisited
37
Chapter 5 A Photon Viewed from Wigner Phase Space
59
Epistemological Origin of Logical Contradiction
79
An Epistemology to Continuously Refine Human Logics Towards Cosmic Logics
81
The Alternative Photon Clump Model
111
Case Study in Quantum Cryptography
215
Chapter 16 PhotonThe Minimum Dose of Electromagnetic Radiation
237
Photons
251
A Virtual Reality
271
Chapter 19 The Photon and its Measurability
281
Weak and Intense Monochromatic Light Wave Propagating in Cold Strontium Cloud
297
Description of Photon Diffraction Based Upon Virtual Particle Exchange
317
Chapter 22 What Physics Is Encoded in Maxwells Equations?
333

Exploring Photons beyond Mainstream Views
127
Chapter 8 What Is a Photon?
129
Chapter 9 Oh Photon Photon Whither Art Thou Gone?
143
Chapter 10 The Photon Wave Function
155
Chapter 11 Photons Are Fluctuations of a Random Zeropoint Radiation Filling the Whole Space
163
Chapter 12 Violation of the Principle of Complementarity and Its Implications
175
Chapter 13 The Bohr Model of the Photon
197
Chapter 14 The Maxwell Wave Function of the Photon
207
Watching a Single Photon Become a Wave
349
Chapter 24 If Superposed Light Beams Do not ReDistribute Their Energy in the Absence of Detectors Material Dipoles Can a Single Indivisible Phot...
363
Chapter 25 What Processes Are Behind Energy ReDirection and ReDistribution in Interference and Diffraction?
379
Chapter 26 Do We Count Indivisible Photons or Discrete Quantum Events Experienced by Detectors?
397
Chapter 27 Direct Measurement of Light Waves
411
Index
419
Back cover
431
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Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, A. F. Kracklauer, Katherine Creath

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