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Light quantum from classical electromagnetic theory
Author(s): Wei-Long She
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Paper Abstract

We show in this paper that the quantized energies of light in vacuum can be derived directly from the classical electromagnetic theory through the consideration of statistics based on classical physics, which are just a series of expectation values corresponding to relatively stable statistic distributions of electromagnetic harmonic oscillators. Therefore, the quantization of energy is an intrinsic property of light as a classical electromagnetic wave and has no need of being related to particles. The theory developed in this paper is also used to derive the energy equipartition theorem and the discrete levels of hydrogen atom from classical mechanics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2007
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 6664, The Nature of Light: What Are Photons?, 66640A (31 August 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.730984
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Wei-Long She, Sun Yat-Sen Univ. (China)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6664:
The Nature of Light: What Are Photons?
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Al F. Kracklauer; Katherine Creath, Editor(s)

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