The photon is the quantum of the electromagnetic four-potential, and therefore the massless bosonic particle associated with the electromagnetic force, commonly also called the "particle of light". Use this tag for questions about the quantum-mechanical understanding of light and/or electromagnetic ...

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Does photon have size measurement because of its particle nature

Does photon have size measurement because of its particle nature like electron's 3.86*10^-13m etc..
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Size of a photon

When detecting radio waves in space, we use very large telescopes or arrays of telescopes. But according to QM, aren't photons point particles when measured? Does a photon with a large wavelength ...
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Is there a limit to the concentration of photons in a given volume?

If you have a given fixed volume, is there some physical limit to how many photons can exist in that volume?
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Light from Absolute 0 [on hold]

Would matter that is cooled closest to instant to a near 0 temperature emit light? the question is whether light is emitted during the cooling process, not whether light is emitted at absolute zero. ...
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Compton Effect, why does electromagnetic radiation lose less energy when hitting particles with greater mass?

One of the problems in Rae's Quantum mechanics book, at the end of the first section, relates to x-ray's scattering off either an electron or a carbon atom. Using the equation given to you in the book ...
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How is the energy spectrum of a gamma ray in a material?

I'm trying to solve the following problem for a course in radiation physics. A thin ray of intensity $I_0$ and energy $E_0$ impacts in a material. What is the intensity and the energy of the ...
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How do they find the energy of a photon?

Is the actual energy of a photon ever measured? How is it done? I read that a photon is usually identified by diffraction, that means its wavelength is measured, is that right? In this way we ...
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What can be the way of the light [on hold]

All we know that from the Sun to the Earth is comming light. But what can be the motion of the one particle of the light? Its have the source of the light Sun and opened eye on the finish of this ...
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Multiple contemporary measures of a photon's state

From quantum mechanics, when you polarize a photon using computational base and you try to measure its state using a diagonal base, you'll get with the 50% of probability $|0\rangle_{{} + {}}$ or ...
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Compton scattering vs. photoelectric effect

Say a photon hits some atom. What determines whether there will be a photoelectric effect (photon is absorbed, electron is released) or whether there will be a Compton scattering (the photon is ...
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Radiation pressure applied to different color surfaces

Does the value of radiation pressure exerted by photons from sunlight vary when applied to surfaces of a different color? More specifically, ranging from pitch black to white surfaces. Also, is ...
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Light is/produces a electromagnetic wave, but is the opposite also true?

A similar question has been asked, and to some extent the answer is: you need an antenna with $L \approx 200nm$. But it's not entirely clear to me if this is completely hypothetical, as "Marek" also ...
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What are high energy photons?

I have often read the term High Energy photons, does this mean that there do exist photons with low energy? Aren't they supposed to have constant energy according to $E= h\nu$?
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Compton effect in photo-electric?

In photo-electric effect Einstein said that photons incidents on material and gives their energy which will gives kinetic energy to electrons. But i also want to know that why Compton's effect not ...
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How can I calculate the bipartition angle for photoelectrons produced by photoelectric effect?

I'm taking a course in radiation physics and I'm studying the photoelectric effect. In the notes that he gave us my professor states that half of the emitted electrons are emitted forward with an ...
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is photon direction affected by source velocity? [closed]

let's suppose the red ball in the below image is an object with V' velocity, the car and the surface travel in V (0.5 c). based on relative velocity laws, the red ball will hit the green pointer ...
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Relationship between the material properties of an edge and the fringes behind this edge

The double-slit experiment shows fringes on a screen. Closing one of the slits there is still an interference pattern on the screen behind the slit. Making the slit wider we still see fringes between ...
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Interpretation of time dilation

Is there any interpretiation of time dilation for photons? I mean, how does time work for them? Do photons have any distinction between their own and observer's time? Or is it something like ultimate ...
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How many photons are there in free space on average

Estimates of the amount of for example "dark matter" are of interest to the cosmologists. However, I have never seen an estimate of how many "free" photons could be speeding about in the known ...
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Can a fluorophore emit a higher energy photon than it absorbed

It is unclear for me what processes are exactly in place during the absorption-reemission process of a fluorescing photon. I am thinking about the case when the absorption and emission spectrum ...
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Can an absorbed photon be emitted as two photons?

I am taking an intro to astronomy class, and have touched upon absorption and emission lines and etc, the prof asked this question in class and got me thinking. I would want to say no, because one ...
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Single photons: Is there a 90° offset of the electric to the magnetic component in the direction of propagation?

Single photons: Is there a 90° offset of the electric to the magnetic component in the direction of propagation?
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Do stray photons become interstellar daggers to a space traveler near the speed of light?

Suppose I am traveling through space, accelerating closer and closer to the speed of light. As I speed up, photons traveling towards me become blue-shifted to higher and higher frequencies. When I am ...
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Brightness of light sources

I would like to know what determines the brightness of light. I'm confused, After hours of reading, I got these definitions mixed up I need to link them together: Light intensity Brightness of ...
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Redshift due to a static gravitational field and the conservation of energy [duplicate]

I am standing on the surface of some planet. Gravity is described via General Relativity with some static metric (e.g. the Schwarzschild metric, so static means no time dependence, but the metric may ...
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Is any photon really moving? [duplicate]

I read that when something moves at the speed of light, length contracts at the direction of motion. Now consider a photon traveling in the z axis. Since it is travelling at the speed of light, the z ...
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How do I mathematically treat a photon interacting with a potential?

(My background: PhD Student, have taken many quantum mechanics courses, but not QFT yet). Hello, In quantum mechanics for massive particles such as an electron, when the electron is in the presence ...
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Photon doesn't answer it… How will wave nature explain it?

There are two perfect reflect mirrors facing opposite to each other... I place a lamp which is not lit in between the mirrors... I switch it on and switch it off and remove the lamp from between the ...
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How does a photon travel through glass?

This was discussed in an answer to a related question but I think that it deserves a separate and, hopefully, more clear answer. Consider a single photon ($\lambda$=532 nm) traveling through a plate ...
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Where do photons go when they are absorbed?

The answer I usually get (and I'm paraphrasing here) is that they disappear and are instead absorbed as heat energy. But I find it hard to believe that the photon simply "disappears." Common sense ...
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Absorption of photon as particle by an electron

As the photon gets absorbed by the electron and goes to higher energy state, does the photon remains in the electron itself in some form (radiation energy), thereby increasing the mass of electron?
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Is there any observational test that could be done to approve\ disapprove the Tired Light theory? [closed]

Tired light is alternative explanation for the redshift-distance relationship and for the metric expansion of space. The suggestion is if photons lost energy over time through collisions with other ...
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Why does quantum mechanics produce different predictions for Bell test experiments than classical mechanics?

I understand that experimental results from Bell test experiments have shown that measured correlation is a cosine function of the angle between the detectors. What I am struggling to grasp is why ...
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Why isn't a Photon justified in concluding that it is at rest and everything else is moving past it at c? [duplicate]

Why isn't a photon moving at c not justified in concluding that it is at rest and everything else is moving past it at c since relativity postulates that the laws of physics are invariant (i.e. ...
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Show that an isolated photon cannot undergo pair production [duplicate]

I need to see the mathematical details as how the conservation of four momentum is violated.
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Why does light not slow down?

Clearly light bounces off of things, going really really fast. I'm curious to understand how light interacts with matter in order to bounce without: Applying force to the object Losing speed So my ...
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When i look to a lamp at night, from a distance what happens?

Lets say its night, and i look at a lamp 20 meters away from me. Im obviously in the darkness, but i can see the light from the lamp, if the photons need to stimulate my eyes in order for me to see, ...
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How to calculate a straight edge diffraction pattern

A straight edge diffraction pattern is not the same as a slit or multiple slit diffraction pattern. The spacing between fringes is not equal but gradually gets smaller the farther out you go as in the ...
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What are electromagnetic fields made of?

I am trying to understand electromagnetic fields so I have two question related to them. What is a electromagnetic field made of? Is it made of photons / virtual photons? How about a static electric ...
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Why does Diffracted Light cone diameter change in relation to angle of light beam?

I have a question about light diffraction. Take a look at these images of the Pantheon oculus. Now what I don't understand, in the first picture, the light is coming in from overhead and forms a ...
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Radio waves and frequency of photon

How radio waves create the current in antenna in terms of photons? If it is Compton scattering then why is not changed the freuency of photons?
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how much energy efficiency is there when photons converted to positrons? [closed]

actually i am participating in NASA ames space settlement and want to transmit electricity through antimatter. i had created the photon by using the carbon dioxide, nitrogen, helium and hydrogen. i am ...
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What is the group transformation property of photons under rotation?

Both the photon and the W boson are spin-1 particles. Under rotation W boson must transform under the 3-dimensional representation of SU(2). However, the photon has two degrees of freedom (or helicity ...
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Question about electron-hole pair generation in depletion layer for a p-n junction photodiode

At the heart of operation of p-n (or p-i-n) junction photodiodes is the absorption of photons leading to generation of electron-hole pairs. If the diode is, e.g., reverse biased, then the motion of ...
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Explanation for Refraction of light (change of angle) and Reflection

Refraction: I want a qualitative Quantum Mechanical explanation of why do we see light rays -in the classical picture- bend when light goes from one medium to another. I read that it is due to ...
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Does unpolarized light means that photon is in superposition state?

I read that a polaroid filter is made of many long chain of molecules aligned in one direction and will only allow the vibration of light with the same alignment as the filter to be absorbed. I ...
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Can photons travel through space independent of time?

I read an article about advanced photons and they stated that photons traveled back in time to hit an electron. Can photons really travel back in time and if so, how?
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Showing the annihilation of an electron-positron pair [duplicate]

How to show that the annihilation of an electron-positron pair under emission of one real photon (mass zero) is forbidden by energy-momentum conservation, the emission of two photons is allowed?
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Photon has energy but no mass [duplicate]

The photons energy is defined as Plancks contant multiplied by the frequency of the light wawe it represents. However Einstein states that the total energy of a particle with rest mass m is m times c ...
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Photon walk in stars with convection

I'm having trouble figuring this out. I've read, that when photons are created via nuclear processes inside a star, it can take about 1 million years for photons to actually reach the surface of a ...