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Absolute relativity in classical electromagnetism: the quantisation of light
Author(s): J. G. Williamson; S. J. Leary
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Paper Abstract

A rigorous introduction of the underlying nature of space and time, through a sharpening of the principle of relativity, forces qualitatively new kinds of solutions in the classical theory of electromagnetism. A class of relativistic wave-functions are derived which are solutions to the first-order, free-space Maxwell equation, These describe all photons from radio to gamma waves and are governed by a single parameter: the exchange frequency. Though the theory remains that of classical, continuous electromagnetism, allowed travelling-wave solutions are quantised in that they come in “lumps” and their characteristic energy is proportional to frequency.

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Date Published: 10 September 2015
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 9570, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? VI, 957016 (10 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2188363
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J. G. Williamson, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
S. J. Leary, Univ. of Glasgow (United Kingdom)
SAS Institute Inc. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9570:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? VI
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Al F. Kracklauer; Hans De Raedt, Editor(s)

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