10 September 2015 An epitaph for all photons: a phoenix rising from its ashes
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It is argued that, unlike material particles, electromagnetic quanta are devoid of individual identities. Their birth and death are dictated by the conservation principles involving the interacting partners resulting in the emission or absorption. During their entire life, they restlessly propagate unnoticed by the media they pass through. An encounter with an interacting partner results in their demise. A photon lives and propagates as a phoenix with a successive photon arising from the ashes of its predecessor.
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C. Rangacharyulu, "An epitaph for all photons: a phoenix rising from its ashes", Proc. SPIE 9570, The Nature of Light: What are Photons? VI, 95700I (10 September 2015); doi: 10.1117/12.2185705; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2185705
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