OSA's Digital Library

Journal of the Optical Society of America

Journal of the Optical Society of America

  • Vol. 59, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1969
  • pp: 1629–1631

Formal Quantum Theory of Light Rays

D. GLOGE and D. MARCUSE  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 59, Issue 12, pp. 1629-1631 (1969)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.59.001629


View Full Text Article

Acrobat PDF (324 KB)





Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Browse by Journal and Year


   


Lookup Conference Papers

Close Browse Journals / Lookup Meetings

Article Tools

Share
Citations

Abstract

It is shown that the relation between ray optics and wave optics is analogous to the relation between the classical mechanics of a point particle and quantum mechanics. The time coordinate of quantum mechanics has to be replaced with a length coordinate and the light wavelength X takes the place of Planck’s constant h. A well-known result of quantum mechanics is that it coincides with classical mechanics in the limit h → 0. Correspondingly, wave and ray optics must coincide in the limit λ → 0.

Citation
D. GLOGE and D. MARCUSE, "Formal Quantum Theory of Light Rays," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 59, 1629-1631 (1969)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-59-12-1629

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Citation lists with outbound citation links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

You do not have subscription access to this journal. Cited by links are available to subscribers only. You may subscribe either as an OSA member, or as an authorized user of your institution.

Contact your librarian or system administrator
or
Log in to access OSA Member Subscription

« Previous Article  |  Next Article »

OSA is a member of CrossRef.

CrossCheck Deposited