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quote:Originally posted by ukmickyAs your traveling towards something at relativistic speeds the space in front of you is length contracted (compressed) and therefore the wavelengh of the photon travelling through it is also compressed which shortens its wavelength blueshifting it.
quote:Originally posted by thebrain13The thing is though, light is quantized. Red light is going to be red light, regardless of if each individual photon is arriving slower or faster pace. If you slow down my speech, its pitch is lowered.
quote:Originally posted by thebrain13An individual photon still acts as a wave. If you fire one photon at a time, interference patterns are still seen.
quote:The photon was the first entity that was seen to exhibit these dualistic properties. And so wave-particle duality is often stated like this: "A photon sometimes acts like a wave, and sometimes acts like a particle, but not at the same time." However, this is slightly misleading, because a photon always acts like both to varying degrees. For example, when shooting single photons through a slit, a detector can detect each photon when it hits a photosensitive screen (its position is recorded) - but over time, the detector will detect the same diffraction pattern as it would if the photons were given off all in one burst. This is because any given trajectory the photon could take has a certain probability that is dictated by the properties of an electromagnetic wave.
quote:Originally posted by thebrain13I guess though Im still wondering why light loses energy when your moving away from it, and given the time dilation factor, are blueshifts more subtle than redshifts?