Category Archives: quantum crisis

Self-bending wave packets – a counter-example to the photon model

Self-bending light-beams are predicted in a new PRL paper called Nondiffracting Accelerating Wave Packets of Maxwell’s Equations (April 2012) Previously ‘Airy’ wave packet solutions had been found and demonstrated experimentally, but diffraction for finite angles of bending tend to destroy them. … Continue reading

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Context for Parametric conversion in semi-classical optics

Expansion and references to the 2009 ABB conference abstract While quantum theory is an incomplete description of reality (Einstein), its validity as a description of light/photons in non-linear crystals is questionable.  In the parametric down-conversion (PDC) phenomenon, a single-frequency laser beam … Continue reading

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Parametric conversion in semi-classical optics

Poster-paper at the Aharonov Bohm and Berry Phase Anniversary (ABB 50/25) Conference at Bristol, 14-15 December 2009: Trevor W Marshall & Max K Wallis (Cardiff University) The rainbow of down-converted radiation emerging from a laser-pumped nonlinear crystal has a natural … Continue reading

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Can we celebrate Defeat for the Photon by Maxwell-Planck theory?

Success for SPUC and Maxwell-Planck theory is reported in Wikipedia as “experimental prediction of SED dubbed ‘spontaneous parametric up-conversion’ (SPUC) was tested in 2009 and 2010 with positive results.”   [consulted 1 Aug.2011] The formulations of both the Chinese (2009) and Indian (2010) … Continue reading

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Counter-examples to the photon model – striking at fundamentals of the beleaguered string theory

Scientists interested in micromanipulation predict that certain micron-sized particles experience a backward force from a forward propagating light beam.  Such a prediction is inexplicable on the photon model of light.  The Chinese group’s paper uses the Lorentz-Mie expansion of the electromagnetic … Continue reading

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Zeilinger’s anthropocentric Quantum Mechanics

Extraordinary New Scientist endorsement of anthropocentrism Regarding mankind and our activities as central to the universe (anthropocentrism) has long been regarded as anti-scientific.  Yet Anil Ananthaswamy endorses the latest utterance of Anton Zeilinger: There is no sense in assuming that what … Continue reading

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NS mission to rescue ‘spooky action at a distance’

New Scientist on a mission to rescue Quantum Theory from ‘spooky action at a distance’ The Editorial eulogy to quantum theory (22 January 2011) appeared to mark a reversal of previous sceptical and critical approaches, as eg. in reporting Afshar’s version … Continue reading

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