Description of Photon Motion

  • Richard J. Cook
Conference paper


Quantum optics is concerned with the emission, propagation and detection of photons. These words bring to mind the picture of photons as particles traveling through space at speed c from the emitter to the detector. If this picture is approximately correct, then one is entitled to ask for: (I) the number of photons in a given volume V, and (II) the number of photons that cross a given surface S in the time interval [t, t+T].


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Richard J. Cook
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  1. 1.Department of Physics, Air Force Institute of TechnologyWright-Patterson AFBUSA

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