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What Shape is a Photon?

A photon doesn’t really have a shape, at least not in the way we are used to thinking of it. That’s because it exhibits properties of both a particle and a wave. But you can take an area and calculate the probability of finding a photon there.

A recent piece of cool work by some Italian physicists measured lots and lots of photon “probabilities” to come up with the shape that represents where you’d most likely find a photon, if you could look inside a beam.

Close enough for me!

(via Physics Buzz, image via National Inst. of Optics)

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    pretty cool idea; building up a map.
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    Woah
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    A shape of the quantum reality within all of us. Exactly, it’s that mysterious.
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