"Photon" is the name given to particles of light in the quantum mechanical understanding. In interaction where the classical and quantum mechanical understandings of light agree they are fully equivalent to electromagnetic waves.

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How do two electrical charged particles know to repel or attract each other?

Now per QED, electrical charges interactions are effected by photons. Suppose you are one of the two charges. How do you know to attract or repel the other charge? In other words, how do you know if ...
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Excitation probability given pulse bandwidth and atom linewidth

Consider photon source producing photon pulses with a frequency distribution $f(\omega)$ and a glass tube filled with a gas. The atoms of the gas can be excited by photons with a frequency of ...
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How to rebut denials of the existence of photons? [duplicate]

Recently I have encountered several engineers who do not “believe in” photons. They believe experiments such as the photoelectric effect can be explained with classical EM fields + quantized energy ...
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Does positron-electron annihilation preserve enough info to reverse exactly

An electron-positron annihilation can produce a pair of gamma rays. In the reverse process, known as pair production, can the gamma rays carry enough information to determine the resulting ...
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If a neutrino has a rest frame, why can't a photon have a rest frame as well?

Concerning Rest Frame Wikipedia states: For example, in the rest frame of a neutrino particle travelling from the Crab Nebula supernova to Earth the supernova occurred in the 11th Century AD ...
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Kinetic theory of photon gasses

I have recently attempted to derive a fully functional non-handwavy derivation of the photon gas energy density without having to interpret some mass term such as $mc^2$ as the "photon energy". My ...
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How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays?

How is the image in a mirror created? Are there infinitely many light rays? My motivation for the question is from image processing. We work with images as discrete 2D functions, as matrices. Spatial ...
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Gravity's effects on photons moving away from source

As a photon has no mass and must always have velocity c, if I were to shine a laser straight up (so Earth's gravity would be pulling straight back on it), what would the effect be on the photon? It ...
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Defining photons

I've read every book for my course and all of them describe photons as wave-packets/"bursts" of the EM wave. I just can't appreciate this view of photons. From what I've gathered on photons: Photons ...
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Photoelectric effect intensity

I understand the PE effect quite well but I'm failing to understand one thing. Intensity is the amount of energy per second incident to a given area. So can you can increase the intensity by either ...
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How to differentiate photoelectric effect from Compton scattering in school exercise [closed]

How to differentiate photoelectric effect from Compton scattering in school exercise? What is the main criteria to tell the difference from the exercise' task, if there is any. I'll give you 3 ...
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Structure of white light? [duplicate]

White light is a mixture of different wavelengths. If so what will be the structure of a beam of white light ? Is there a separation between different colours ? what does it actually mean ? Does a ...
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Is it possible for photon to run in circle by its own gravity?

I have heard that gravity came from energy and momentum so photon has gravity too. Then there are theory state that photon has energy tied to frequency. So if a photon has very very high frequency ...
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Photon absorption by a hydrogen atom : [duplicate]

How does the photon absorption takes place in a hydrogen? The classical mechanics shows the absorption of photonic energy resulting in the excitation of atom. Intuitively, a photon with frequency ...
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Do virtual photons have a frequency?

Real photons do have frequencies, which is directly related to its energy. So, can virtual photons that take part in EM interactions have frequencies too? When my hand is pressed up against a glass ...
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Local EPR-experiments with photons in vacuum?

The principle of non-locality states "that an object is influenced directly only by its immediate surroundings." (Wikipedia) When two entangled particles are measured in an EPR experiment, we ...
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Why doesn't a ray of light have enough momentum to make us fall?

Why can't light be so powerful that it has enough momentum to make us fall?
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Is a photon really massless? [duplicate]

If a photon travels at a speed of light and its massless then it must have no energy but this is not the case as we see in photo electric effect. Also help me to know what are photons made of, how are ...
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What happens to the energy of photons when two light waves with plane wavefront interferes destructively? [duplicate]

When I began learning about optical interference, I came to know about destructive interference in which light waves cancel each other. How the energy is still conserved ? I found that the ...
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Photon and Wave

There are some aspects of light that can be easily demonstrated by using the concept of wave. However I really want to know what it would be like in term of photon point of view. So I have some ...
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Can all energetic photon excite an electron?

Consider a hydrogen atom, to excite the electron to a higher orbit, it should interact with photons of energy equal to that of the energy difference between the two states. If the energy of photon is ...
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At what point are electromagnetic waves generated from an oscillating magnetic field?

I recently learned about how an oscillating current, flowing through a looped wire can generate an oscillating magnetic field. I also came into some sources saying this is how antennas generate EM ...
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What is “Lifetime Intensity” in photoluminescence?

I'm reading an article "Surface plasmon enhanced Förster resonance energy transfer between the CdTe quantum dots". Link The reasearchers are writing about increase in "lifetime intensity" and even ...
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Describing a single photon with creation and annihilation operators

Since I am not fully aware of the creation and annihilation operator formalism for single photons, I want to ask, if the following is correct: I am considering a photon in the vacuum which travel ...
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What exactly are light waves?

We know a sound wave is a disturbance that moves through a medium when particles of the medium set neighboring particles in motion. And using the pressure variations we can plot a pressure/time graph ...
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What happens when an electron and an EMR meets?

The electron on an atom gets excited to a higher level when some how the energy is transferred to the electron. But I can't understand it. I'm no expert of physics. What happens when the electron in ...
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How noisy are photon detectors?

I have a single photon detector and $N$ photons per second arrive at the detector. Then something happens and the number of incoming photons per second changes by the factor of $\alpha$. So now ...
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Can we find the definite path of electron?

Light can crisscross in all directions. Source: Can photons pass through each other? In a given volume, we can have light throughout, such that there is no space with no light in it (with the ...
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Photons as fundamental particles

Is there any theory, current or debunked, that considers the photon to be a non elementary particle? That is to say, is the photon just the photon or is there possibly more to the photon than just ...
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When optically pumping a lasing gain medium with another laser, does Stimulated, or Spontaneous emission dominate?

Much of my reading seems to indicate that laser pumping results in a fluorescent stokes shift but somehow photon vector is maintained. I've seen the phrase "Spontaneous Fluorescence by Stimulated ...
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How do we know that photons are exactly massless and travel exactly with speed $c$ in vacuum?

I know that this question may sound stupid, but what I mean is that photons have some energy and no mass, yet the mass and energy are said to be equivalent (or maybe I got that part wrong). In an ...
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Can a force stop a Photon since Photons have momentum and What does momentum mean when talking about massless particles?

Momentum measures how hard it is to stop an object. While Photons are massless they still have relativistic mass and energy. My question is can something stop photons other than being absorbed by ...
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Particle collision: relationship of incident and reflected particles [duplicate]

A photon traveling through a curved fiber optic cable advances by reflection, yes? If each reflection is the product of a collision between the incident photon and, say, a wall particle that ...
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Can photons pass through each other?

The below passage has been extracted form the book "Feyman's lectures on Physics. Vol I" "...We have heard that idea so long that we accept it, and it is almost impossible for us to realize that ...
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Photoelectric Effect - How are the electrons regained?

When the photons with enough energy impinge on a photocathode, it emits electrons. Does this mean that the solid will lose all its electron at one point? If not, how are electrons restored?
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Single photon pulse and its electromagnet field

I describe the temporal distribution of a single photon pulse in an interferometer experiment in vacuum via the Gaussian function $\psi$: $$ \psi(t) = \tfrac{1}{(2\pi\sigma^2)^{1/4}} \text ...
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Does the passage of time effect a photons entanglement with another?

I recently read an article about "Delayed-choice entanglement swapping". Here is an excerpt from the article: Delayed-choice entanglement swapping consists of the following steps. (I use the ...
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Would this Produce Thrust? (Photon Momentum, Speed of a Pressure Wave)

This thought occurred to me after I began reading about the EM drive, and I know there are a lot of theories out there on how that works/doesn't work, I'm wondering why this solution wouldn't make ...
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If light is linearly polarized, does it have some spatial extent?

If light (a photon) is linearly polarized, say vertically, does it have some vertical spatial extent (perhaps in amplitude)?
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Energy-Time Uncertainty Principle and Photons

Heisenberg's uncertainty principle states that: $$ \Delta E \cdot \Delta t \ge \frac{\hbar}{2} $$ It is clear that this has nothing to do with the accuracy of our measurements, but rather is a ...
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Magnitude of a photon?

I encountered the following sentence in my textbook, which I don't quite understand, and after an unfruitful google search, I still can't figure out what they mean by magnitude in this context: ...
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What happens when a photon hits a beamsplitter?

Yesterday I read that we can affect the path and the 'form' (particle or wave) of a photon after the fact (Wheeler's delayed choice experiment). Part of what is puzzling me is the beam-splitter. Are ...
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Convergence of light by light scattering amplitude

Perhaps I'm too exhausted to see the answer of why the photon-photon scattering should contain no divergences. In Peskin and Schroeder page 320 we find that because of the Ward identity the ...
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How is a photon measured?

If photons transmit the electromagnetic force, which is observable: the photon or the electron? Do we ever directly measure a photon, or do we only measure it's effect on electrons. For example ...
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In solar cells, do photons break apart electron-hole pairs, or create them?

Some sources say that when a photon hits the PV cell, it breaks apart electron-hole pairs. Other sources say that photons create electron-hole pairs. Can anyone explain which one is right? I've read ...
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Quantum Eraser thought experiment with light photons of distinct color

I tried to recreate the Quantum Eraser experiment into a thought experiment with a few changes. It left me a little perplexed as to what outcomes I should expect. Any help would be appreciated. Lets ...
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Why should photons obey the rules of causality? [closed]

This may have a quick answer, but it has been on my mind so here it goes: why, if according to special relativity, do photons obey the rules of causality, if they are inherently timeless. According to ...
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Frequency Of Light

I am confused on few topics... What is meant by "Frequency of Light"? Does the Photon(s) vibrate, that is known as its frequency? If the Photons vibrate, then they have a specific frequency, then ...
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Do two photons traveling in opposite directions emit gravitational waves?

Do two photons traveling in opposite directions emit gravitational waves? If so, does it mean that any volume filled with photon gas will eventually degrade into graviton gas? In other words, if flat ...
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Coupling of matter field with gauge boson and Goldstone boson:

What's the fundamental difference between the way a gauge boson gets coupled to a matter field, preferably a Fermionic field and the way a Goldstone boson gets coupled to the matter field ? In ...