While it is known that physics can be split into several different fields, it may be foreign to see how different fields of physics operate hand in hand with one another to solve complex problems. For instance, Maxwell’s equations involving E&M for the propagation of electro-magnetic waves can be used to understand light-based interferometry for astrophysics, which directly led to the creation of intensity-based interferometry. Eventually, the measurements and equations made by intensity-based interferometry would produce groundbreaking strides in quantum mechanics through the direct measurement of singular particles. An in-depth analysis of each of these connections and how they involved the physicists Hanbury Brown and Twiss will be told in the form of a unique story, transitioning from one field to another, showing the impact physics has and will have on understanding the nature of the universe whether it be from the size of a star or the size of a singular particle.
Physics, Photonics, and Optical Engineering
Dr. Edward Deveney, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Thomas Kling, Committee Member
Prof. Jamie Kern, Committee Member
Desnoes, Darius. (2022). Deep Space and the Quantum Mechanical Case: A Study of Stars to the First BSU Direct Measurement of a Singular Photon. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 528. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/528
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