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Which theory or field can explain this?

  1. Jun 21, 2015 #1
    Suppose I am in a room and light(photons) from the light bulb reach my eyes, or I am outside light(photons) from the sun reach my eyes and I am able to see the objects around me.

    I want to know what factors affect the path of photons like temperature, gravity etc.I mean by knowing these factors I can predict the path of photon/photons.

    And which theory or field can help me in this case? like Quantum field theory,Quantum mechanics etc or Condensed matter physics,Solid state physics, Particle physics,Astrophysics,Cosmology,High Energy Physics etc.
     
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  3. Jun 21, 2015 #2

    A. Neumaier

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    You can ignore temperature and gravity. Classical geometric optics gives you all you need to find out about the paths of light (aka photons).
     
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