Quantum Mechanics 8 - What is a Photon?


Epp, R. (2008). Quantum Mechanics 8 - What is a Photon? . Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/08080083


Epp, Richard. Quantum Mechanics 8 - What is a Photon? . Perimeter Institute, Aug. 12, 2008, https://pirsa.org/08080083


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Richard Epp University of Waterloo



By applying our understanding of the quantum harmonic oscillator to the electromagnetic field we learn what a photon is, and are introduced to “quantum field theory” and the amazing “Casimir effect.”
Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding that classical electromagnetic waves bouncing around inside a mirrored box will exist as standing waves with only certain allowed frequencies.
• How each of these standing waves oscillates harmonically, and thus why – at the quantum level – their energies must be discrete, which is interpreted as the presence of a discrete number of photons.
• What the zero point energy of the electromagnetic field represents, and its relationship to a remarkable property of the quantum vacuum called the “Casimir effect.”