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Photon reflexion

  1. Jan 19, 2009 #1
    In case of mirror reflexion, a photon reflected is the same ?
    There´s some atomic process in this fenomena ?
  2. jcsd
  3. Jan 19, 2009 #2
    As all particles are identical
    the question 'is it the same' does not have any sense, because there is no experiment in principle which can determine if it is the same or not.
  4. Jan 19, 2009 #3
    I mean, is the photon "reflected" at atomic level ?
    There´s a magnetic fenomena in this ?
  5. May 7, 2009 #4
    light cant penetrate a conductor. the conduction electrons will move so as to cancel out any electric field in the conductor. as a result the light is reflected from the surface. this is basic electrostatics
  6. May 8, 2009 #5
    live4physics: the incoming photon is absorbed by an electron in the mirror, and then re-emitted almost immediately. Whether you consider this to be "the same" photon or not I suppose is up for personal interpretation.
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