The Present Status of the Quantum Theory of Light

Proceedings of a Symposium in Honour of Jean-Pierre Vigier

  • Stanley Jeffers
  • Sisir Roy
  • Jean-Pierre Vigier
  • Geoffrey Hunter

Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 80)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Cynthia Kolb Whitney
    Pages 1-8
  3. R. G. Beil
    Pages 9-16
  4. Geoffrey Hunter
    Pages 37-44
  5. German Kälbermann
    Pages 45-55
  6. J. Kajamaa
    Pages 57-65
  7. Trevor W. Marshall, Emilio Santos
    Pages 67-77
  8. Mendel Sachs
    Pages 79-96
  9. G. F. Efremov, A. Y. Chekhov, L. G. Mourokh, M. A. Novikov
    Pages 97-101
  10. G. F. Efremov, L. G. Mourokh, M. A. Novikov
    Pages 103-106
  11. V. M. Dubovik, B. Saha, M. A. Martsenuyk
    Pages 141-150
  12. R. D. Prosser, S. Jeffers, J. Desroches
    Pages 151-157
  13. V. Bashkov, A. Tchernomorov
    Pages 159-163
  14. Thomas B. Andrews
    Pages 181-192

About these proceedings


THE PRESENT STATUS OF THE QUANTUM THEORY OF LIGHT In August of 1995, a group of over 70 physicists met at York University for a three-day symposium in honour of Professor Jean-Pierre Vigier. The attendance included theoretical and experimental physicists, mathematicians, astronomers and colleagues concerned with issues in the philosophy of science. The symposium was entitled "The Present Status of the Quantum Theory of Light" in accordance with Professor Vigier's wishes but in fact encompassed many of the areas to which Professor Vigier has contributed over his long and distinguished career. These include stochastic interpretations of quantum mechanics, particle physics, and electromagnetic theory. The papers presented at the symposium have been arranged in this proceedings in the following approximate order: ideas about the nature of light and photons, electrodynamiCS, the formulation and interpretation of quantum mechanics, and aspects of relativity theory. Some of the papers presented deal with alternate interpretations of quantum phenomena in the tradition of Vigier, Bohm et al. These interpretations reject the account given in purely probabilistic terms and which deems individual quantum events to be acausal and not amenable to any analysis in space-time terms. As is well known, Einstein and others also rejected the purely statistical account of quantum mechanics. As stressed by Professor Vigier at the symposium, the current experimental situation now allows for the first time for individual quantum events to be studied, e. g.


Dirac equation Passe Potential cosmology electrodynamics electromagnetism magnetism mechanics optics optoelectronics quantum mechanics relativity topological soliton

Editors and affiliations

  • Stanley Jeffers
    • 1
  • Sisir Roy
    • 2
  • Jean-Pierre Vigier
    • 3
  • Geoffrey Hunter
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Physics and AstronomyYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada
  2. 2.Physics and Applied Mathematics UnitIndian Statistical InstituteCalcuttaIndia
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsUniversité Pierre et Marie CurieParisFrance
  4. 4.Department of ChemistryYork UniversityNorth YorkCanada

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