Experimental Limitations to the Validity of Semiclassical Radiation Theories

  • John F. Clauser
Conference paper


Recently there has been speculation that quantization of the electromagnetic field is unnecessary. In support of this viewpoint, a large number of effects — long thought to require such a quantization — have successfully been rederived semiclassically. It has been hoped that in a suitably treated semiclassical theory one could account for all of the present data of atomic physics as well as eliminate the problem of divergences in quantum electrodynamics.


Linear Polarization Atomic Energy Commission Quantum Mechanical Description Coincidence Rate Semiclassical Theory 
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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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