Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Maxwellian field vs many-body wave mechanics

  1. May 20, 2015 #1
    In some descriptions of the Hanbury Brown and Twiss experiment, I read that the correlation results can be derived from classical wave theory, and that you only need quantum theory to explain it at the level of individual clusters of photons.

    So if one knows the value of the Maxwellian field at every point within the experiment zone, can one recover the quantum description of the experiment, e.g. can one say what percentage of the photons are individual particles and what percentage are entangled pairs, and what the phase relations are between their respective waves etc etc?
  2. jcsd
  3. May 26, 2015 #2
    Thanks for the post! This is an automated courtesy bump. Sorry you aren't generating responses at the moment. Do you have any further information, come to any new conclusions or is it possible to reword the post?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook