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    How tall is a photon?

    In light of topics How ´long´ is a photon? and "photon width", I simply cannot let go unasked:

    How tall is a photon? In stocking feet.

    I need this data. I'm gonna build some little coffins for all those tired-light photons. They can't have long to live.
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    hallo,ollolool,
    the exact diameter of a resting photon is 1.6 x10^-35 meter (Planck length that! smallest pos. length)
    the exact radius is equally 1.6 x10^-35 meter
    (that owing to the strong space time bending going on here. Wait for my paper on this ( to appear Apr. 2107))

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    satori,
    A "resting" photon?
    I thought that a photon always travels at the speed of light, whatever that is for the medium it is in. Can a photon rest?

    And it can only have a radius when it's a particle.
    When it's a wave, then it will be as tall as its amplitude.

    John

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnD View Post
    A "resting" photon?
    Makes sense to me. When light gets tired, it needs to rest.

    Thanks for shedding light on this imporatant issue.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    Makes sense to me. When light gets tired, it needs to rest.

    Thanks for shedding light on this imporatant issue.
    If light doesn't rest at regular intervals then we will be needing all the coffins you can make (should I place an order now?).

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    In light of topics How ´long´ is a photon? and "photon width", I simply cannot let go unasked:

    How tall is a photon? In stocking feet.

    I need this data. I'm gonna build some little coffins for all those tired-light photons. They can't have long to live.
    Well, maybe, my questions were silly from an expert´s point of view. And, maybe, I misunderstand your comments, but I´m not talking about tired-light. Let me put it this way: How do you adjust the length of your coffins for Gamma-, 200 nm -, 800 nm- , ... radar photons, ... (without waisting too much timber)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhd40 View Post
    Well, maybe, my questions were silly from an expert´s point of view. And, maybe, I misunderstand your comments, but I´m not talking about tired-light. Let me put it this way: How do you adjust the length of your coffins for Gamma-, 200 nm -, 800 nm- , ... radar photons, ... (without waisting too much timber)?
    No, you're not talking about tired light. Just me. You asked how long. Nereid asked about width. I just needed a comical reason to ask how tall. Did anyone take my comments seriously? Must I use smileys?

    Lighten up, please. If I build any coffins, I think instead they may have to be for some deceased senses of humor, RIP.

    I certainly do apologize for not checking with you (and Nereid) in advance if you'd appreciate the whimsy. Shame on me! I am mortified.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    ... I am mortified.
    We'll have to bury you along with the Gramma photons!!!

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    A graveyard full of light? An entire (film) genre depends upon graveyards being dark!

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    The photon as such is perfectly black.
    Only when you get it in your eyes, will it cause a little twinkel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 01101001 View Post
    No, you're not talking about tired light. Just me. You asked how long. Nereid asked about width. I just needed a comical reason to ask how tall. Did anyone take my comments seriously? Must I use smileys?

    Lighten up, please. If I build any coffins, I think instead they may have to be for some deceased senses of humor, RIP.

    I certainly do apologize for not checking with you (and Nereid) in advance if you'd appreciate the whimsy. Shame on me! I am mortified.
    Well, now it´s my turn to apologize. Indeed, I did take your comments seriously, sorry.
    I was only slightly irritated.
    I really like this forum for its openness

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    Quote Originally Posted by satori View Post
    The photon as such is perfectly black.
    absolutely true

    Only when you get it in your eyes, will it cause a little twinkel.
    And that´s exactly what I´ve asked: How ´long´ is that twinkle? One wavelength, two wavelengths, .... sounds silly, but makes me stay awake during nighttime

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    Pinebox

    Quote Originally Posted by Nereid View Post
    A graveyard full of light? An entire (film) genre depends upon graveyards being dark!
    The film genre might not be endangered if 01101001 is just gonna toss 'em in a cheap pine box cause I'm sure the photons will eventually "leak" out of the cracks and impurfections of these coffins (would these be ghost photons?).

    On the other hand 01101001 asked for specifications, specifically height, which means the exact construction and materials of the coffins is not known, yet.

    We'll have to wait and see what 01101001's plans are before we jump to conclusions.

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    I new as soon as I saw the ' How wide, How tall, and How long' Not to take this to seriously. I do not take myself seriously and, nobody else should either. It is refreshing to see a little humor raise its head in these forums every once in a while. . . . . . BUT hidden within is a gilt edged dink um question. Light can not rest. It has no mass. To be motionless would mean its gone. Poof...! vanished without so much as a thought. Let us instead build large telescopes and place them all in a row to catch these tired photons and give them their moment in the spotlight. It might be enlightening.. . . Oh please some body shoot me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by astromark View Post
    I do not take myself seriously and, nobody else should either.
    True
    It is refreshing to see a little humor raise its head in these forums every once in a while. . . . ..
    I agree with you 150%. BUT: Don´t forget that we live in different cultures, languages, etc. Therefore (although I hesitate to use them too often), smilies can help a lot to avoid misunderstandings. As soon as you see you know that some sense of humor is expected

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