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Photons particles or waves

  1. Feb 18, 2008 #1
    I really don't believe that photons can be particles.
    Supposedly the photoelectric effect "proves" they are.
    I believe that electrons are emitted as a result of short-distance penetration of the wave front into the metal, disturbing the bonds. This would also fit the known fact that the frequency of light must be above a certain value or electrons are not emitted. I'm betting that the minimum frequency corresponds to the longest wavelength that can "fit between" the lattice structure.
    Comments please?
     
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  3. Feb 18, 2008 #2

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    You need to explain the which-way experiment and the photon antibunching experiment before you settle in to your "belief".

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  4. Feb 18, 2008 #3
    Please provide references.
     
  5. Feb 18, 2008 #4

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    I've provided references to these many times over on here. You're welcome to do a search in the QM forum (where this should have been posted in the first place). Furthermore, aren't you a bit worried that you are not aware of such experiments, yet you have no problem with making outright statements with such confidence? One normally has to do a lot of "homework" first to make sure one knows everything there is to know out there before proclaiming something.

    Example of which way experiment: J.J. Thorn et al. Am. J. Phys. v.72 p.1210 (2004).

    Example of antibunching experiment: any single-photon sources paper or H. Paul, Rev. Mod. Phys. v.54, p.1061 (1982).

    Example of multiphoton photoemission: K. Giesen et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. v.55, p.300 (1985); W.S. Fann et al., Phys. Rev. B v.44, p.10980 (1991).

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  6. Feb 18, 2008 #5
    I'll take that bet. How much you want to make it?
     
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