Localization of Photons

  • John F. Clauser
Conference paper


In a popular quantum mechanics textbook one reads … “If we have some indications that classical wave theory is macroscopically correct, it is nevertheless clear that on the microscopic level only the corpuscular theory of light is able to account for typical absorption and scattering phenomena such as the photoelectric effect and the Compton effect, respectively. One must still ascertain how the photon hypothesis may be reconciled with the essentially wave-like phenomena of interference and diffraction …[1], and in another “…We have, on the one hand, the phenomena of interference and diffraction, which can be explained only on the basis of a wave theory; on the other, phenomena such as photoelectric emission and scattering by free electrons, which show that light is composed of small particles.”[2]


Photoelectric Effect Quantum Mechanical Description Compton Effect Semiclassical Theory Positronium Atom 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1973

Authors and Affiliations

  • John F. Clauser
    • 1
  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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