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Why we need to continue the "What are Photons?" conference: to re-vitalize classical and quantum optics

Paper Abstract

The origin of this conference series has started with the publication of a special issue, "The nature of light: What is a photon?" by Optics and Photonics News, OSA, October, 2003. This issue contained five articles by well-known main stream people from several countries. In 2005, SPIE allowed us to organizing an out-of-box conference series on the same topic; and we have just completed the 3rd biannual conference with great success and enthusiastic participation by many thinkers. Many of these participants believe that all successful theories must be periodically re-evaluated from its base to modify and correct, as necessary, based on newer and more advanced information. This particular article establishes the assertion of the last sentence by identifying paradoxes and contradictions existing in current text books on classical and quantum optics. We show that these can be resolved simply by adopting the hypothesis, Non-Interference of Light (NIL). NIL is derived by developing realism driven measurement epistemology, which also helps us to appreciate that time-frequency Fourier theorem should not be used as a principle of nature because of NIL principle. Further, Fourier "monochromatic components (modes)" do not represent reality as they violate the principle of conservation of energy. Consequent impacts in classical and quantum optics are summarized in this paper, which should help the readers to appreciate the vital importance as to why we should continue such an "out-of-box" conference with steadily increasing vigor.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2009
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 7421, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? III, 74210X (10 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828193
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Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, Univ. of Connecticut (United States)
Femto Macro Continuum (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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