Interference and wave-particle duality of single photons.
The wave-particle duality of single photons has been said to contain the entire mystery of quantum mechanics. Many delayed-choice experiments have been performed to further understand the wave-particle duality. Here, we show that the presence of media is a necessary condition for interference of single photons, a photon interferes with other photon via microscopic particles in the interface of media, and the wave-like property of single photons originates from interaction between the photons and media; the particle property of a photon is its inherent characteristic, and the wave-like behavior of single photons always accompanies the particle behavior; the coherent time of single photons cannot be longer than the lifetime of the polarized states of the microscopic particles. The conundrums of interference and the wave-particle duality of single photons are resolved.
Publisher URL: http://arxiv.org/abs/1709.10344
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