Now I need to track down Polarization at its most basic and fundamental origin. I need to know how polarized light becomes unpolarized and how unpolarized light becomes polarized in an atom or collection of atoms or molecules.
Now when a photon, a single photon comes out of an atom of radium, it must be polarized since it is a single photon. So when does that polarized photon become unpolarized?
Now in successive emissions of photons from a radium atom, are all those photons polarized in the same plane?
Now are all spectral line emissions polarized photons over a span of time?
You see, the topic I am discussing seems to be never discussed nor taught in physics classrooms or physics texts. The teachers and authors presume the student knows the answers, but that is a poor and failing assumption. It may be the case that a radium atom emits a photon a single photon in time t1 which is polarized but in time t2, a short while later emitting another photon but not polarized with the photon of t1. This is an example of an assumption that physics classrooms and teachers burden their students. They do not explain when photons are polarized and unpolarized and how they move from one form into the other form.
They expect students to think that a large volume of photons is unpolarized, simply because there are a large volume such as from the Sun or a light bulb. But what about the photons from radium atoms glowing blue or from radon glowing yellow or as frozen radon glowing red.
So physics education has done a poor job explaining how polarized light comes into existence and when it turns into unpolarized.
Now Halliday and Resnick in 3rd edition, Fundamentals of Physics, 1988, on page 855 do discuss some of the aspects of polarization when they say this: "The polarizing direction of the sheet is established during the manufacturing process by embedding certain long-chain molecules in a flexible plastic sheet and then stretching the sheet so that the molecules are aligned parallel to each other. Such a sheet absorbs radiation polarized in a direction parallel to the long molecules; radiation perpendicular to them passes through."
But many questions remain in the creation or origin of polarized light. Does the sheet of atoms/molecules absorb each incoming unpolarized photon and re-emit the photon as polarized? So does the photon spend some transformative time inside a atom? Does a photon spend time with an electron in an atom to become polarized from unpolarized?
So modern day physics really skips over the essentials of polarization and presumes the students and teachers know it all, yet none of them know much if anything.
So that superconductivity is Ohm's law V = iR and if we replace R, resistance with Malus law of I' = I" cos^2A, that we realize how and why superconductivity takes place, but then we have to know the basic origins of when a photon is polarized and unpolarized. For unpolarized causes heat in the electrical conduction and thus resistance. So we have to know how a photon and electron and proton interact with one another creating polarized photons or transforming photons. And we can never get to the basic understanding if we all sit around pretending and presuming we know it.
Now if the above is correct about what Halliday and Resnick wrote, then is it the explanation for why mercury superconducts at about 4 Kelvin when silver has never superconducted no matter how close to 0 Kelvin we have reached? So is mercury somehow more amenable to being sheets of atoms stretched in a long chain within those sheets, whereas silver is not able to be that configuration? But at room temperature silver is the best normal conductor, for it is the best reflective- polarizer at room temperature.
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