Posted on September 6, 2013
More physics that keep me up at night
Light does not experience time from its own perspective
If the double slit experiment yields a wave/particle behavior and it seems there is a temporal disparity between photons, then why should probability be used to predict the position of any one “particle”? If a particle is traveling at light speed then it’s passage through time is infinitely slow relative to matter. If that is the case, why should we assume that photons do not affect each other at any given moment in time? During the double slit experiment it would seem that we choose to send one photon or electron every hour or ten seconds or whatever, but from the perspective of the photon, they are all being emitted simultaneously! So of course a probability wave will predict with great accuracy where a photon might be. However, it does not seem to be a probabilistic situation. Every photon is affected by every other photon ever emitted or will be emitted. They create interference waves because, as the electromagnetic signal propagates through space, it does so at the speed of light thus removing it from the dimension of time. I wonder if this is already part of the equations physicists use?
I’m wondering if perhaps particle-like behavior is demonstrated when EMR is emitted as a compression or pulse while interference bands appear when light is emitted as more of a traverse wave?