Abstract

In this paper, we derive the bright and dark photon number states for spatial interference of two or more light beams and succeed in the explanation of Young's interference experiment, and also achieve a better comprehension of the well known comment of Dirac "each photon only interferences with itself". From the fully quantum point of view, the origin of the interference fringes consists in the mode transformation and the detection of double-slit states.

© 2005 Chinese Optics Letters

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