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Re: Is it possible to assume Light a compression wave of Photons ?

Date: Tue Jun 12 13:18:54 2012
Posted By: Tom Hancewicz, Sr. Scientist, Spectroscopy and Analytical Science
Area of science: Physics
ID: 1339244115.Ph

These are really tough questions that I confess, I do not have the level of
expertise needed to answer effectively. What I will say is that I have
searched for any reference in the literature and the WWW that suggest the
possibility of such phenomena, and I have found none. It seems to me that
in order for photons to be compressed as we would think about a sound
compression wave for example, that the photons within the "wave" would
necessarily have to take on different quantum characteristics or localized
properties. As this is strictly forbidden I see no way to describe a true
photon compression wave using quantum mechanics or special relativity.  

Einstein's work showed that there must be an assumption that photons are
rigorously identical and that it implied a "mysterious non-local
interaction",[1][2] now understood as the requirement for a symmetric
quantum mechanical state. The difference in local photon properties for
compressed photon waves would necessarily render this assumption false.

[1] Einstein, A. (1924). "Quantentheorie des einatomigen idealen Gases".
Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der Wissenschaften (Berlin),
Physikalisch-mathematische Klasse 1924: 261267. (German)

[2] Einstein, A. (1925). "Quantentheorie des einatomigen idealen Gases,
Zweite Abhandlung". Sitzungsberichte der Preussischen Akademie der
Wissenschaften (Berlin), Physikalisch-mathematische Klasse 1925: 314. 

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