I have a desire to reconcile the results of the photoelectric effect with the Maxwellian picture of electromagnetic radiation. I wish to explore, the possibility that the quantum nature of the photon arises from its interaction with matter - specifically perhaps, arising from light's interaction with the discrete electron orbitals of matter; and that light otherwise, is indeed an electromagnetic wave (rather than a particle) at a fundamental level, as described by Maxwell.
Could this idea reconcile the quantum results of the photoelectric effect experiment with the classical view of light as a continuous electromagnetic wave as described by Maxwell and not a corpuscle as described by Newton and concluded by Einstein from these results?
Perhaps we also need to consider the source of the light. Is it for example produced by matter as in a tungsten filament or radiation from a glowing object? In those cases, of course we might expect light will be emitted as quanta of energy /photons/ particles. However, if the EMR is generated by fluctuating the voltage between two electric plates or fluctuating a magnetic field in space, then surely this light should indeed be a pure wave! Would we still succeed in detecting photon nature of light if we generated light without matter and detected light without matter, that is did not involve any interaction with matter?