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WaxRubiks
2018-Feb-08, 09:13 PM
I mean if they went a long way. Could it be thought of as a particle that stretch through space-time?

trinitree88
2018-Feb-09, 12:08 AM
I mean if they went a long way. Could it be thought of as a particle that stretch through space-time?

WaxRubiks. The particulate nature of the photon increases as the wavelength shortens, but they are all part of the Standard model of particle physics. Distanced traveled depends on your reference frame. Einstein is pictured in some old treatises as riding one like a cowboy saddled on a horse. He wondered what photons alongside him would look like???...frozen waves???.. and it led him eventually to the Special Theory of Relativity. He of course gave most of the credit to Lorentz, whom he visited, and Lorentz had been keyed in his thinking by the Fitzgerald contraction solution to the negative result of the Michelson-Morley experiment. Keep thinking....read some of Isaac Asimov's paperbacks on this stuff...easy to self teach...Happy hunting. pete

DaCaptain
2018-Feb-09, 02:41 PM
I'm trying to figure out what your asking. What I'm coming up with is a flashlight that emits a single photon when you turn it on. Not a beam of light just a single photon. Which ends when the flashlight is turned off. Is it considered one photon for the duration of the on/off events?

Hornblower
2018-Feb-09, 06:18 PM
I'm trying to figure out what your asking. What I'm coming up with is a flashlight that emits a single photon when you turn it on. Not a beam of light just a single photon. Which ends when the flashlight is turned off. Is it considered one photon for the duration of the on/off events?

No. It would be zillions of photons for a light being turned on for any appreciable duration.

DaCaptain
2018-Feb-09, 07:03 PM
No. It would be zillions of photons for a light being turned on for any appreciable duration.

Oops, ya my mind wasn't fully engaged when I asked the question