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Do light beams cross each other unperturbed?
Author(s): Ghenadie N. Mardari; James A. Greenwood
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Paper Abstract

We have performed several original experiments, in order to investigate the nature of optical interference. In some contexts, the assumption that light beams suffer perturbations during their interaction is the most plausible. In others, the assumption that they do not is more appealing. Yet, the observable outcomes of both models are compatible with each other, in theory as well as in experiment. We conclude that they work equally well for the purpose of making physical predictions, and that each of them is logically valid. However, their interpretive value is not equal. If we assume that light beams cross each other unperturbed (even at the microscopic level), then we run into theoretical complications and even paradoxes that are not otherwise present.

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Date Published: 10 September 2009
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7421, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? III, 742106 (10 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.825518
Show Author Affiliations
Ghenadie N. Mardari, Rutgers Univ. (United States)
Open Worlds Research (United States)
James A. Greenwood, Open Worlds Research (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7421:
The Nature of Light: What are Photons? III
Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Al F. Kracklauer; Andrei Yu. Khrennikov, Editor(s)

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