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Frequency of photons

Posted on 2006-06-29
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Do light photons oscillate?

If so, then what about when these bosons carry a force? For example, with the magnetic field (a gauge field), do the photons have a frequency?

For example, can we detect the photons of a magnetic field?
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d-glitch earned 1200 total points
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There is always the Zeeman Effect:    http://dbhs.wvusd.k12.ca.us/webdocs/Chem-History/Zeeman-effect.html

Photons have a characteristic energy.  The energy corresponds to a light frequency.  
But I don't believe the photon actually oscillates.
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Arthur_Wood earned 800 total points
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Photons are NOT physical entities (in the sense that a tunig fork is a phyical entity), and do not have rest-mass, volume, etc which would characterize a physical entity.  Thus they do not 'oscillate' (at least ont in the sense that a tunig form vibrates/osciallates).  What is 'oscillating' is the electro-magnetic field of the photon.

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Okay, that makes sense.

Thank you both

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