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The inexhaustible source of insights revealed by every photon
Author(s): Avshalom C. Elitzur; Shahar Dolev
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Paper Abstract

We present several quantum mechanical experiments involving photons that strain the notions of space, time and causality. One for these experiments gives rise to the "quantum liar paradox," where Nature seems to contradict herself within a single experiment. In the last section we propose an outline for a theory that aspires to integrate GR and QM. In this outline, i) "Becoming," the creation of every instant anew from nothingness, is real. ii) Force-carrying particles, such as photons, do not merely mediate the interaction by propagating in some pre-existing, empty spacetime; rather, they are the very progenitors of the spacetime segment within which the interaction takes place.

Paper Details

Date Published: 31 August 2007
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6664, The Nature of Light: What Are Photons?, 666402 (31 August 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.760483
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Avshalom C. Elitzur, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
Shahar Dolev, Haifa Univ. (Israel)

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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