The Nature of Light: What is a Photon?
Focusing on the unresolved debate between Newton and Huygens from 300 years
ago, The Nature of Light: What is a Photon? discusses the reality behind enigmatic
photons. It explores the fundamental issues pertaining to light that still exist
Gathering contributions from globally recognized specialists in electrodynamics
and quantum optics, the book begins by clearly presenting the mainstream view
of the nature of light and photons. It then provides a new and challenging scientific
epistemology that explains how to overcome the prevailing paradoxes and confusions
arising from the accepted definition of a photon as a monochromatic Fourier
mode of the vacuum. The book concludes with an array of experiments that demonstrate
the innovative thinking needed to examine the wave-particle duality of photons.
Looking at photons from both mainstream and out-of-box viewpoints, this volume
is sure to inspire the next generation of quantum optics scientists and engineers
to go beyond the Copenhagen interpretation and formulate new conceptual ideas
about light–matter interactions and substantiate them through inventive
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