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Simple alternative model of the dual nature of light and its Gedanken experiment
Author(s): François Hénault
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Paper Abstract

In this paper is presented a simple alternative model of the dual nature of light, based on the deliberate inversion of the original statement from P. A. M. Dirac: "Each photon interferes only with itself. Interference between different photons never occurs." Such an inversion implies that photons and light quanta are considered as different classes of objects, but stays apparently compatible with results reported from different recent experiments. A Gedanken experiment having the potential capacity to test the proposed model in single photon regime is described, and its possible outcomes are discussed. The proposed setup could also be utilized to assess the modern interpretation of the principle of complementarity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 September 2011
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8121, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? IV, 81211J (28 September 2011); doi: 10.1117/12.892755
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François Hénault, Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, CNRS, Univ. de Nice Sophia Antipolis (France)

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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