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Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11(1), 304-311; doi:10.3390/ijms11010304

Single Molecule Experiments Challenge the Strict Wave-Particle Dualism of Light

Fritz Lipmann Institute Beutenbergstr, 11 D 07745 Jena, Germany
Received: 3 December 2009 / Revised: 11 January 2010 / Accepted: 12 January 2010 / Published: 21 January 2010
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Single Molecules)
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Abstract

Single molecule techniques improve our understanding of the photon and light. If the single photon double slit experiment is performed at the “single photon limit” of a multi-atom light source, faint light pulses with more than one photon hamper the interpretation. Single molecules, quantum dots or defect centres in crystals should be used as light source. “Single photon detectors” do not meet their promise―only “photon number resolving single photon detectors” do so. Particularly, the accumulation time argument, the only safe basis for the postulate of a strictly particle like photon, has so far not yet been verified.
Keywords: photon; wave particle dualism; single molecules; double slit experiment photon; wave particle dualism; single molecules; double slit experiment
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Greulich, K.O. Single Molecule Experiments Challenge the Strict Wave-Particle Dualism of Light. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2010, 11, 304-311.

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