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How does gravity escape a black hole?

My understanding is that light can not escape from within a black hole (within the event horizon). I've also heard that information cannot propagate faster than the speed of light. It would seem to ...
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Does a photon interfere only with itself?

I sometimes hear statements like: Quantum-mechanically, an interference pattern occurs due to quantum interference of the wavefunction of a photon. The wavefunction of a single photon only ...
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Are the Maxwell equations a correct description of the wave character of photons?

In basic quantum mechanics courses, one describes the evolution of quantum mechanics chronologically. Interference experiments with particles showed that particles should have a wave character; on the ...
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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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Can people create single photon in the laboratory?

Can a single photon be created in the laboratory? How do people make sure that they have really created a single photon?
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Do photons have relativistic mass?

I am conducting research on photons and was wondering if they have relativistic mass. I already know that they they have zero rest mass. Any answers are welcome!
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DIY Quantum Eraser Experiment by the Scientific American: Is this really quantum?

Click here for the publication. Having performed this experiment, I have gotten clean results. Essentially, a double slit is made by putting an photon beam in the way of a wire with orthogonal ...
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Can entanglement be explained as a consequence of conservation laws?

This article at NewScientist magazine (subscription required) describes entangling photons by passing them through a half silvered mirror. http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21929282.100-quantum-...
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What is the relation between photoelectric current and frequency of incident light?

I googled it a bit and found that photoelectric current is independent of frequency(of incident light). Some further look revealed that actually "saturation current" is independent of ...
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Examples of “pseudo quantum effects” in history of physics

Are there any examples in the history of physics where a phenomenon was considered by the physics community to be not explainable by classical physics and needed a quantum explanation whereas some ...
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Why not use this experiment to test gravity's quantum properties?

If a heavy object $X$ is in superposition, let's say, at two places "at the same time", to which point is the gravitational pull of that object directed to? This can probably not be answered without ...
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Classical (or semi-classical) interpretation of photoelectric effect?

This site says that "it has recently been proven that the photoelectric effect can be interpreted classically (or at least semi-classically) in non-particle, wavelike terms". Is anyone familiar with ...
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Which particle aspect is required to explain photoelectric or Compton effect?

What do we mean when we say that it requires the particle nature of radiation i.e., photons, to explain photoelectric or Compton effect? I don't understand which particle nature is used to explain ...
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Is a purely classical description of lasers possible?

Laser action is usually described in terms of photons and stimulated emission. In 1972, Borenstein and Lamb published a paper* claiming that lasers can be described classically on the basis of ...
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Wave and particle nature of light during detection in a single-photons double slit experiment

I am just a curious physics student. This question is about the nature of light. In a single-photons double slits (or multiple slits) experiment, the interference pattern or the distribution of the ...

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