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Adam Enomoto 1L
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Postby Adam Enomoto 1L » Thu Oct 12, 2017 3:38 pm

When Einstein figured that particles make up electromagnetic radiation, did he name them photons or was that someone else?

Emma Li 2C
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Re: Einstein

Postby Emma Li 2C » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:07 pm

I think someone else named them! The book says that Einstein "proposed that electromagnetic radiation consists of particles, which were later called photons."

Golbarg Rahimi 3k
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Re: Einstein

Postby Golbarg Rahimi 3k » Thu Oct 12, 2017 4:18 pm

Einstein discovered the concept of the photon however Gilbert Lewis, an american chemist, named it photon.

Beza Ayalew 1I
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Re: Einstein

Postby Beza Ayalew 1I » Sun Oct 15, 2017 6:12 pm

On that note, does anyone know what Einstein called photons during his experimental process or did he just call them generic particles? And did he think they were a unique type of particle, or something that was already established?

Shannee Mak 3F
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Re: Einstein

Postby Shannee Mak 3F » Sun Oct 15, 2017 10:20 pm

This quote sheds light onto how Einstein alluded to the idea of photons: "when a light ray is spreading from a point, the energy is not distributed continuously over ever-increasing spaces, but consists of a finite number of energy quanta that are localized in points in space, move without dividing, and can be absorbed or generated only as a whole" (Einstein 87, in The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein Volume 2). From this quote, I would assume that the term "energy quanta" is what he called photons.

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