Forum: Shedding Light
Topic: A model of light on the atomic levelTopic Posted by: Robert Bailey (email@example.com )
Organization: Quashnet School
Date Posted: Sun Nov 30 21:56:58 2003
Topic Description: In exploring the photon model of light and how it is absorbed and emitted, I began searching for coresponding explanations of the angle of reflection, index of refraction, even transmission of light through transparent and translucent materials. I could not find anything that addressed the spatial arrangement of the atoms and how it is related to what happens to the photon. Do atoms have an "up" and "down"? How does the photon know which direction to leave the atom after being absorbed? Does the shape of the electron "orbitals" cause a photon to be "reflected" off at the same angle it arrives at a mirror?