NITheP Seminar by Prof. Izumi Ojima on “Who has seen a free photon?”

NITheP Seminar by Prof. Izumi Ojima on “Who has seen a free photon?”

NITheP Seminar by Prof. Izumi Ojima on “Who has seen a free photon?”

Kyoto University, Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences, Japan.

Abstract:

While the notion of the position of photons is indispensable in the quantum optical situations, it has been known in mathematical physics that any position operator cannot be defined for a massless free particle with anon-zero finite spin. This dilemma is resolved by introducing the “effective mass” of a photon due to the interaction with matter. The validity of this interpretation is confirmed in reference to the picture of “polariton”, a basic notion in optical and solid physics.