Fixed propagation of Light through a Vacuum

 C as a fixed rate of propagation

I previously mentioned the apparent wave/particle duality of light. Another observation based on this setting is that the fixed rate of propagation for all energy moving through a vacuum (C) might instead be thought of as the rate at which the observed universe (and those observers enmeshed within it) move along the span of the photon’s existence. This might be thought of as our 3-D universe passing along a 4-D ‘representation’ (the photon’s span of existence) at a fixed rate.

This condition is similar to that experienced by a inhabitant of the 2-D Flatland (hypothetical 2-D creatures used for thought experiments involving higher dimensions). This Flatlander might find his own planar 2-D world moving along with momentum so that it passes along the length of a 3-D object and so conclude from his observations that such objects move with a fixed velocity regardless of his own motion within his 2-D framework.

Frequency and Polarization

An interesting quality of light is that each photon moves along its path while the expression of its wavelength occurs in a single orientation. This polarization can be exploited in order to more easily make use of the emissions from a source of illumination such as a laser.

PolarizationFigure 4: Idealized illustration of light passing through and being blocked by a polarized filter.

Filters and diffraction gratings pass those photons whose oscillation matches the orientation of the filter (See Figure 4), ensuring that the output stream is coherent in order to more easily manipulate this stream for various purposes. In multi-mode fiber optic cables, the same media can carry multiple data streams at once by taking advantage of this quality, where each “mode” of signal operates at a different orientation of polarized illumination.

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Idealized illustration of a photon’s path. Idealized illustration of the same path involving higher-dimensional rotation.

 Figure 5: Comparative illustrations of a photon’s path.

The path of a photon may result from a rotation about a common center, which forms the ‘true’ path of the photon, with a single 3-D orientation represented by the orientation of the path’s vector (See Figure 5). This rotation would allow for an explanation as to why additional energy increases frequency and does not affect the propagative rate of the photon. Increasing the rate of spin shortens the wavelength, while the universe’s continued movement along the existence path of the photon maintains the same propagative rate.

An observer whose temporal event sequence rate has been modified due to relativistic dilation would continue to perceive the propagation at the same rate with respect to the universe (C). However, the perceived frequency and wavelength would be shifted due to the dilated measure of the rate of rotation based upon the observer’s own time scale.

Summary

Many observed inconsistencies exist with regards to the apparent  dual nature of photons. Elimination of a subjective temporal event sequence between emission and absorption of the photon resolves this duality into a simple behavior in which a photon’s energy always takes all available paths as they will be through the observed term of its existence. Thus, a photon will always take the correct path(s), even if it has not yet observably encountered the configuration that requires that path to be followed. An observation made as a corollary to this is that the fixed rate of energy propagation (C) may be an artifact of our own universe’s temporal propagation along the existence of the photon between emission and absorption.

The two-dimensional representation’s orientation within the 3-D observable universe indicates this too may be an observational interpretation resulting from the rotation about a common higher-order center that defines the observed path of propagation. This provides an explanation for the fixed rate of propagation and changing frequency caused by variations in the energy possessed by a photon, while also providing a coupling between relativistically dilated observations of both the propagative velocity (C) and the observed shifting of frequency and wavelength with regards to observations made by an external observer.

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