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  • Vol. 66, Iss. 12 — Dec. 1, 1976
  • pp: 1421–1423

Test for the nonexistence of photons

Sherman Karp  »View Author Affiliations


JOSA, Vol. 66, Issue 12, pp. 1421-1423 (1976)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1364/JOSA.66.001421


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Abstract

Extending the concept of the classical addition of wave packets to that of a random ensemble, a hypothesis has been proposed that treats the classical field as such an ensemble. Computations of the resulting field envelope and short-term counting statistics were also made. As a consequence, a test was proposed that would essentially measure the “shot noise” inherent in such a model and differentiate it from the discreteness resulting from the photodetection process. In this paper the test is examined in terms of the resources and environment necessary to perform it.

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Sherman Karp, "Test for the nonexistence of photons," J. Opt. Soc. Am. 66, 1421-1423 (1976)
http://www.opticsinfobase.org/josa/abstract.cfm?URI=josa-66-12-1421

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