What is the distance between two photons in a ray of light?
LukeD said:Photons are bosons, which means that you can have as many photons in the same state as you want. This means that an arbitrary number of photons can be in the exact same place, moving in the exact same direction with the same polarization.
In a laser, we try stack as many photons on top of each other in as small a space as we can. The density of photons that we get depends mostly on the technical limitations of the laser.
LukeD said:* a laser disperses because a single photon is a wave... it also has a definite position
Again, as LukeD said they are bosons so not only can there be 0 distance between them they can also be in otherwise completely identical states of polarization momentum etc.Chelle12 said:isn't there some distance between them, otherwise I guess it wouldn't be quanta
DaleSpam said:they are bosons so not only can there be 0 distance between them they can also be in otherwise completely identical states of polarization momentum etc.
The distance between photons is not a fixed value, as it depends on the context in which they are being measured. In a vacuum, photons travel at the speed of light and therefore do not have a physical distance between them. However, in a medium such as air or water, photons can travel at slightly slower speeds and therefore have a measurable distance between them.
The distance between photons can be calculated using the formula: distance = velocity x time. Since photons travel at the speed of light, the distance between them can be calculated by multiplying the speed of light (in a vacuum, this is approximately 299,792,458 meters per second) by the time it takes for the photons to travel.
Yes, the distance between photons can change depending on the medium through which they are traveling. As mentioned earlier, in a vacuum, photons travel at a constant speed and therefore do not have a measurable distance between them. However, in a medium such as air or water, the speed of light is slightly slower and therefore the distance between photons is slightly longer.
The distance between photons does not directly affect light waves. Light waves are made up of a stream of photons, and the distance between these photons determines the frequency and wavelength of the light wave. However, the distance between photons is not the only factor that affects light waves, as factors such as the medium through which the photons are traveling and the type of light source also play a role.
In a vacuum, there is no minimum distance between photons as they travel at the speed of light. However, in a medium such as air or water, there is a minimum distance that can be measured between photons due to their slightly slower speed. This minimum distance can also vary depending on the wavelength and frequency of the light wave.