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The Maxwell wave function of the photon (Invited Paper)
Author(s): M. G. Raymer; Brian J. Smith
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Paper Abstract

James Clerk Maxwell unknowingly discovered a correct relativistic, quantum theory for the light quantum, forty-three years before Einstein postulated the photon's existence. In this theory, the usual Maxwell field is the quantum wave function for a single photon. When the non-operator Maxwell field of a single photon is second quantized, the standard Dirac theory of quantum optics is obtained. Recently, quantum-state tomography has been applied to experimentally determine photon wave functions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 August 2005
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, (4 August 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.619359
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M. G. Raymer, Univ. of Oregon (United States)
Brian J. Smith, Univ. of Oregon (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5866:
The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Katherine Creath, Editor(s)

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