# Photon - Is it really a wave?

1. May 11, 2010

### stevmg

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The Energy of a photon = Planck's Constant * frequency
Is a photon a burst of waves for a specified distance or time?

I wish I could draw my concept but a light wave with intermittent sinusoidal "wavelets" followed by no ups and downs
..............................................photon 1 ................................photon 2...............
------------------------------\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/-------------------\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/------>

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution: see (1) above

2. May 11, 2010

### Char. Limit

A photon isn't quite a wave, but it also isn't quite a particle. It's difficult to explain... but it's not a light wave exactly.

3. May 11, 2010

### stevmg

That answer of the simultaneous wave-particle duality I've seen before.

My question is whether the wave format is correctly depicted below. Are the little sinusoidal wavelets of definite frequency for a definite length in space or time followed by "blank" periods as shown? Is that what is meant by a "packet of energy?"

I wish I could draw my concept but a light wave with intermittent sinusoidal "wavelets" followed by no ups and downs
...........................................phot on 1 ................................photon 2...............
-------------------------------\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/-------------------\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/------>