The Photon according to Einstein

Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2022     |     PP. 14-19      |     PDF (269 K)    |     Pub. Date: February 12, 2022
DOI: 10.54647/physics14403    78 Downloads     2515 Views  


Richard Oldani, Retired

The primary content of this paper consists of direct quotes from Einstein, arguments about the nature of the photon from over 100 years ago that have been quietly ignored because they are not in conformance with interpretations of quantum mechanics according to the standard model. Although faulted for his disagreements with quantum theory, we show here that once again his intuitive reasoning, as derived from the fundamentals, is perfect. After carefully analyzing the foundations of quantum theory and electromagnetic wave theory during the years 1906 - 1909 he hypothesized that the photon’s structure is similar to that of an electron; a discrete entity with particle properties at its core surrounded by continuous fields that superpose linearly. By following his suggestions we are able to describe a field model that satisfies the requirements of the classical, relativistic, and quantum theories.

photon, radiation, light, wave-particle duality, Maxwell's equations, quantum mechanics

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Richard Oldani, The Photon according to Einstein , SCIREA Journal of Physics. Volume 7, Issue 1, February 2022 | PP. 14-19. 10.54647/physics14403


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