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Shaper
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quote:
Originally written by Nioca:

And best yet, no aliens would be affected!
Well, we're still working on that solarbonite bomb. Science willing, we'll take them all down with us!

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Off With Their Heads
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So I looked up what a "solarbonite bomb" is supposed to do. It's supposed to "explode" sunlight. That is, it turns photons into pure energy! OMG!

Except that photons already are pure energy. Drat.

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Shaper
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I suppose I deserved that for learning what little I know of science from what was dubbed 'the worse movie ever made.' I'm still confident that humanity will eventually figure out some way to destroy the universe, however.

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Electric Sheep One
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I don't know what photons are, but they aren't 'pure energy'. We've had this discussion before, I believe.

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Well, in any sort of technical sense, you're right. But as a massless particle that carries energy, I think the photon has nearer claim claim to that sci-fi term than anything else does.

More to the point, you can't blow up sunlight.

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Arancaytar: Every time you ask people to compare TM and Kel, you endanger the poor, fluffy kittens.
Smoo: Get ready to face the walls!
Ephesos: In conclusion, yarr.

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Infiltrator
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Profile #30
quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

I guess somebody finally found an Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
It's mine. Could you please put it back in that 12-dimensional fold in space time I hid it in? I don't want to live through another apocalypse.

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Either I'm crazy, or everybody else is nuts. And I know I'm not crazy because the little man who lives on my shoulder told me so.
If people don't think there's something wrong with you, there's something wrong with you.
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Agent
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I find the concept of photons confusing. I first learned that light was composed of electromagnetic waves, and then they discovered photons.

It's hard to keep up with technological and scientific advances these days.

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Electric Sheep One
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Yeah, every darn hundred years there's something new.

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I keep all my photons in a bag. I sometimes take them out to play with, but when I'm done, back in the bag they go.

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

I find the concept of photons confusing. I first learned that light was composed of electromagnetic waves, and then they discovered photons.

It's hard to keep up with technological and scientific advances these days.

It's quite simple. Light is like marbles, but they're wobbly. And prone to interference.

—Alorael, who now wants to play a game of nanoscopic marbles with diffraction gratings. This would have to be played at near light speeds, obviously.
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Electric Sheep One
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quote:
Originally written by Jumpin' Salmon:

I keep all my photons in a bag.
No, those are your gluons.

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Law Bringer
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quote:
Originally written by Excalibur:

I find the concept of photons confusing. I first learned that light was composed of electromagnetic waves, and then they discovered photons.

It's hard to keep up with technological and scientific advances these days.

Particle models were dominant until the mid 19th century, when the wave model became widely accepted (although the wave model had already been proposed in the 17th century by Newton, Huygens and Hooke).

Today we know that light is both a particle and a wave. :)

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quote:
Originally written by Student of Trinity:

quote:
Originally written by Jumpin' Salmon:

I keep all my photons in a bag.
No, those are your gluons.

I should have bought the extended warranty.

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The situation of light is best summed up by a quote, which at one point I heard attributed to Schrodinger but may actually have been said by Ralph Baierlein: "Light travels as a wave, but departs and arrives as a particle."

Alternatively: When light is alone and unobserved, it stretches out, free and wave-like. But then when you look at it, it gets embarrassed and scrunches down into a photon.

And it turns out that everything else does the same thing.

[ Tuesday, January 01, 2008 12:45: Message edited by: Kelandon ]

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Arancaytar: Every time you ask people to compare TM and Kel, you endanger the poor, fluffy kittens.
Smoo: Get ready to face the walls!
Ephesos: In conclusion, yarr.

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Electric Sheep One
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Well, actually this is a very interesting question even for professionals. The tendency of photons to show up in detectors as tiny blips of light is as much about detector physics as it is about light itself. But only a rather small subset of physicists understands detection physics much at all.

Particle theorists usually speak blithely about IN and OUT states of non-interacting particles, and know practically nothing about how real particles are detected. Particle experimentalists usually understand rather little about the quantum fields their machines monitor. As far as I can see, only a few of the best quantum optics theorists (which category happens to include most of the best quantum optics experimentalists) understand light detection at a level that is both fundamental and realistic.

Alas, I do not yet count myself in this happy group. But I'm getting there. On the other hand, I don't think anyone entirely understands light detection, since it is, after all, an example of quantum measurement.

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