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Light, the universe and everything

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dc.contributor.author Martin, Damien James
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-25T21:13:15Z
dc.date.accessioned 2022-10-30T18:23:14Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-25T21:13:15Z
dc.date.available 2022-10-30T18:23:14Z
dc.date.copyright 2003
dc.date.issued 2003
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.wgtn.ac.nz/handle/123456789/25854
dc.description.abstract The issues of localisation and quantisation of light are looked at in some detail. Two particular issues are addressed: how localised classical electromagnetism solutions affected by the famous result of Newton & Wigner (1949) that photons cannot be localised, and in what way can a photon be seen as a limit of a localised classical pulse. The latter result is a well known result due to Glauber: classical states are coherent states of photons and no direct semiclassical limit can be found. A substantial amount of this thesis investigates how the classical aspects of electromagnetism (such as phase and amplitude) show up when no analogs exist in the quantum case. The ability to localise classical systems is shown not to depend on the fact that individual photons cannot be localised. en_NZ
dc.format pdf en_NZ
dc.language en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.title Light, the universe and everything en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ
thesis.degree.grantor Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
thesis.degree.level Masters en_NZ

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