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Creation and fusion of photons
Author(s): Andrew Meulenberg
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Paper Abstract

We seek physical mechanisms underlying a model of the interaction of light with light (and with matter) by examining the process of photon creation. A model of the atomic orbitals and optical transitions is described considering a classical argument that does not presume the integer values of electron-orbital angular momentum proposed by Bohr. Assuming only the known properties of light (e.g., Eγ = h ν and Lγ = h/2π), the electron-orbital energies about a nucleus (including a ground state) are predicted and calculated in an intuitive (and mathematically simple) manner. This first-order model considers neither electron-spin nor relativistic effects. A ground state is predicted based on the reduced probability of coupling net energy from a driver into a lower-frequency oscillator. The long-term stability of the ground state is further explained in terms of angular-momentum requirements of the photon. A simple derivation for the radius and angular momentum of photons is provided. It is proposed that, when a collinearly-propagating photon density gets high enough, their fusion back into electromagnetic fields (spherical or plane wave) is a similar process to their formation, but in reverse. The similarities and differences will be described assuming a surface-tension-like mechanism necessary for the existence of photons.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81210V (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892401
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Andrew Meulenberg, Univ. Sains Malaysia (Malaysia)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8121:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov; Al F. Kracklauer, Editor(s)

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