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Wave-particle duality? not in optical computing
Author(s): H. John Caulfield
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Metaphysics has only one absolute requirement: It must account for the known physics. But many metaphysics account for light and they cannot all be right. We have only one metaphysical principle that is widely accepted (Einstein's minimum simplicity rule) and it gives no one answer. Even if we could enforce it, how would we prove its validity without a (meta)3principle? People like me who work with light are never confused about whether we are dealing with a particle or a wave. I find it useful to view light in terms even broader than the usual wave-particle description. I add a third kind of wave that is not measurable but also not restricted by the physics of the measurable. I find it difficult to account for light any other way.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81210L (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.891277
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H. John Caulfield, Alabama A&M Univ. (United States)

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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