Experiment tests underpinnings of quantum field theory, Bose-Einstein statistics of photons

Friday, June 25, 2010 - 07:28 in Physics & Chemistry

(PhysOrg.com) -- Of all the assumptions underlying quantum mechanics and the theory that describes how particles interact at the most elementary level, perhaps the most basic is that particles are either bosons or fermions. Bosons, such as the particles of light called photons, play by one set of rules; fermions, including electrons, play by another.

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