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This page, by David P. Stern, gives an advanced conceptual explanation of electromagnetic waves and photons, as well as a brief history of the discoveries and developments on the subject. The article relates the material from science on a very large scale (the Sun) to a very small scale (Quantum physics). Links are provided for related material.
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Electricity & Magnetism
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Keywords: EM waves, light, photon, quanta
Record Creator: Metadata instance created January 12, 2009 by Logan Hancock
Record Updated: Jan 13, 2009 by Ed Lee
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December 12, 2004
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D. Stern, (2002), WWW Document, (
D. Stern, Waves and Photons, (2002), <>.
APA Format
Stern, D. (2004, December 12). Waves and Photons. Retrieved July 28, 2016, from
Chicago Format
Stern, David. Waves and Photons. December 12, 2004. (accessed 28 July 2016).
MLA Format
Stern, David. Waves and Photons. 2002. 12 Dec. 2004. 28 July 2016 <>.
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