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Stochastic Optics:A Wave Theory of Light Based on Classical Probabilities

  • Trevor W. Marshall
  • Emilio Santos
Conference paper
Part of the Fundamental Theories of Physics book series (FTPH, volume 24)

Abstract

Quantum optics is based centrally, on the concept of the photon, a particle which is considered to belong to the family of elementary particles. We believe that this has led to serious errors, resulting from a failure to understand the concept of statistical independence, in the interpretation of photoelectron counts. We show that a purely wavelike description of the electromagnetic field is capable of explaining all of the phenomena which are said to exhibit the "wave-particle duality" nature of the photon. The resulting theory, which we call stochastic optics, is a natural by-product of Planck’s radiation theory; it may also be considered as a variety of semiclassical radiation theory in which there is always a random zeropoint electromagnetic field present in addition to any additional sources of radiation.

Keywords

Beam Splitter Light Signal Bell Inequality Particle Behaviour Interference Experiment 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Trevor W. Marshall
    • 1
  • Emilio Santos
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. of MathematicsUniv. of MachesterManchesterUK
  2. 2.Dept. de Fisica ModernaUniversidad de CantabriaSantanderSpain

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