Journal of Russian Laser Research

, Volume 31, Issue 2, pp 117–128 | Cite as

Generalized Arago–Fresnel laws: the EME-flow-line description

  • Mirjana Božić
  • Milena Davidović
  • Teodora L. Dimitrova
  • Salvador Miret-Artés
  • Ángel S. Sanz
  • Antoine Weis
Article

Abstract

We study experimentally and theoretically the influence of light polarization on the interference patterns behind a diffracting grating. Different states of polarization and configurations are considered. The experiments are analyzed in terms of electromagnetic energy (EME) flow lines, which can be eventually identified with the paths followed by photons. This gives rise to a novel trajectory interpretation of the Arago–Fresnel laws for polarized light, which we compare with interpretations based on the concept of “which-way” (or “which-slit”) information.

Keywords

Arago–Fresnel laws which-way information electromagnetic-energy-flow line photon interference quantum optics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mirjana Božić
    • 1
  • Milena Davidović
    • 2
  • Teodora L. Dimitrova
    • 3
    • 4
  • Salvador Miret-Artés
    • 5
  • Ángel S. Sanz
    • 5
  • Antoine Weis
    • 4
  1. 1.Institute of PhysicsUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  2. 2.Faculty of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BelgradeBelgradeSerbia
  3. 3.Department of Experimental PhysicsPlovdiv University “Paisii Hilendarski”PlovdivBulgaria
  4. 4.Physics DepartmentUniversity of FribourgFribourgSwitzerland
  5. 5.Instituto de Física FundamentalConsejo Superior de Investigaciones CientíficasMadridSpain

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