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Mini-workshop on "Mathematical challenges in Quantum Electrodynamics"
Organizers: Jan Derezinski (Warsaw), Paul Indelicato (CNRS), Krzysztof Pachucki (Warsaw)


Peter J. Mohr (Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA): "Solutions of the Maxwell equations and photon wave functions"
Tuesday 30 April 2013, 11:20 - 12:20
Amphi Darboux


Peter J. Mohr
Fundamental Constants Data Center
National Institute of Standards and Technology
Gaithersburg, MD, USA
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"Solutions of the Maxwell equations and photon wave functions"

Abstract: For quantum mechanics to provide a complete description nature, it is necessary to have a wave function for something as important as electromagnetic radiation or photons.  This has        become increasingly true as the number of experiments on single photon production and detection, motivated by interest in the fields of quantum computation and quantum cryptography, has grown rapidly over the past two decades.  The history of theoretical efforts to define photon wave functions dates back to the early days of quantum mechanics and is still unfolding. However, there is not yet  a consensus on the form a photon wave function should take or the properties it should have.  Further investigation of these questions is warranted, and possible answers are given in this talk.