Quantization of the electromagnetic field as a consequence of old-fashioned semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of radiating atoms

Quantization of the electromagnetic field as a consequence of old-fashioned semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of radiating atoms

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Michael Kiessling, Rutgers University
Jadwin Hall 343

Born's probabilistic interpretation of Schroedinger's wave function is shown to lead to a semi-relativistic quantum mechanics of atoms, molecules, etc., coupled with electromagnetic radiation. No second quantization is invoked, yet the photon naturally shows up in this formulation.