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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?
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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