Foundations of Physics

, Volume 27, Issue 6, pp 865-873

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Photon wave-particle duality and virtual electromagnetic waves

  • C. MeisAffiliated withCentre d'Etudes Nucléaires de Saclay-CEA, Laboratoire de Modélisations Quantiques et de Dynamique Moléculaire, DPE-SPEA-SEPC

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The question of the relation between the amplitude of the photon vector potential and its angular frequency is analyzed. The analogy between the relativistic quantum mechanical equations for a massles particle and those governing the photon vector potential appears clearly. Finally, the virtual electromagnetic waves associated with the photon and predicted by de Broglie, Bohr, and other appear naturally as a result of the photon vector potential quantification.