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The Maxwell wave function of the photon (Invited Paper)

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M. G. Raymer, Brian J. Smith

Univ. of Oregon (USA)

Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, 293 (August 04, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.619359
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  • The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?
  • Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri; Katherine Creath
  • San Diego, California, United States | July 31, 2005

abstract

James Clerk Maxwell unknowingly discovered a correct relativistic, quantum theory for the light quantum, forty-three years before Einstein postulated the photon"s existence. In this theory, the usual Maxwell field is the quantum wave function for a single photon. When the non-operator Maxwell field of a single photon is second quantized, the standard Dirac theory of quantum optics is obtained. Recently, quantum-state tomography has been applied to experimentally determine photon wave functions.

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M. G. Raymer and Brian J. Smith
"The Maxwell wave function of the photon (Invited Paper)", Proc. SPIE 5866, The Nature of Light: What Is a Photon?, 293 (August 04, 2005); doi:10.1117/12.619359; http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.619359


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