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Re: Where Did It Come From

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Posted by Herb S. on February 21, 2000 00:59:44 UTC

: Is a photon not a sphere?

: :How did this derivation come about : I am trying to complete this paper that I am writing that explains why time and space do not exist as two separate things, but rather that space is solely a byproduct of time. Anyway though, I state in the paper that a photon is an entity that stays in one instant of time, and does not experience any elapsation of it. Now mathematically this explains why light MUST be observed propagating at c with reference to any frame. Now, if I knew the dimensions of a photon, that should also be the size of the smallest unit of space (space quantum) and hence the smallest intstant of time. I think that planck length (correct me if I'm wrong) is supposed to be the length of the smallest unit of space. : I made this prediction, and I'm curious if it is correct or not.

Educated guess: When photons act like particles (e.g. photoelectric effect) they are treated as points. When they exhibit wavelike properties (diffraction, etc.), the closest thing to a dimension is wavelength. Someday (maybe?) string theory will come up with a better representation.

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