10 September 2009 What can we learn by differentiating between the physical processes behind interference and diffraction phenomena?
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This paper extends and generalizes the principle of Non-Interference of Light (NIL) to diffracted secondary wavelets. In a previous series of papers we have demonstrated the NIL principle for well defined superposed light beams, which experience negligible diffracted spreading within the interferometers being used. NIL is consistent with quantum physics where emitted photons from material dipoles are considered non-interacting Bosons. Our NIL principle describes the formation of fringes (energy re-distribution) as patterned energy absorptions or scattering by "local" material dipoles proportional to the square modulus of the sum of all the superposed stimulating fields experienced by the dipoles.
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Qing Peng, A. Michael Barootkoob, Chandrasekhar Roychoudhuri, "What can we learn by differentiating between the physical processes behind interference and diffraction phenomena?", Proc. SPIE 7421, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? III, 74210B (10 September 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.828572; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.828572
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