# Relationship between E-field and Probability Amplitude of Waves

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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Electromagnetic waves can be classically described by Maxwell's equations. Photons can be described by probability waves.

In this case, what is the relationship between the electric field and the probability amplitude?

Are they directly proportional to each other? What about the fact that one is a vector and the other a scalar?

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The Intensity is proportional to the square of the E-field amplitude, and also proportional to the square of the probability amplitude.

I thought this would be a commonly asked question.

Did you read the thread? Your question stated that photons could be described by probability waves and then asked a question that if that were were the case...... The lack of responses would suggest that it cannot be the case.

Did you read the thread? Your question stated that photons could be described by probability waves and then asked a question that if that were were the case...... The lack of responses would suggest that it cannot be the case.
Yeah I know, but I was asking if you yourself know the answer.

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Photon state is described by the so-called Fock states or its linear combination. Whereas the electric field, since it's a physical quantity, is associated with a field operator $\tilde{E}$ and the electric field you observe is the average value of this operator with respect to the particular state of the photon, i.e. $\langle \psi | \tilde{E} | \psi\rangle$. The state $|\psi\rangle$ can take a number of forms, each of which is a particular linear combination of Fock states, for example number state, coherent state, squeezed state, etc, and again they do not have position representation.