to whom it may concern
On a recent TV special, David Deutsch introduced the double slit experiment with individual photons as one that graduate students often duplicate (red laser + photon absorber + double slit + detector) and said that the resulting diffraction pattern may be caused by interference from photons in "parallel universes". Other commentators disagreed but offered no other alternative. My purpose here is to offer something different which is readily falsifiable by simple experiment. All that is additionally needed are two polarizers and a prism.
The proposed experiment:
Remove the double slit. Insert the prism between the emitter and the detector noting the detection pattern. Now place one polarizer in between the emitter and the prism. If the detection pattern is displaced, it would indicate that the frequency of the photons had changed in passing through the polarizer.
If nothing unexpected happens, replace the prism with a second polarizer. It may be that any orientation of the second polarizer will yield the same outcome, i.e. equally as many photons will get through any orientation of the two polarizers.
A third possibility is that e=hv is invalidated, but such an anomaly may require a much more sophisticated experiment possibly involving the photo-electric effect.
Why this may work:
My model proposes two aspects of the photon. One is the planar wave of the standard model and the other is a bullet-like component which is emitted in a direction perpendicular to the planar wave ... much like the drop of water that is emitted upward from the surface of a pond when a stone is thrown into it.
I propose that the electric field of an accelerated electron becomes ellipsoidal due to the finite transmission velocity of information through that field. Hence, the forward part of the ellipsoid will be compressed and the rearward part rarefied. An ellipsoid has two foci, so a significant part of the total photon energy is reflected off the front dense part of the field and out the rear low density part and over the other focus. A linearly localized, transverse, wave-form then moves away from the electron without diminution over time. The oscillations go through what amounts to a "camera obscura" at each node. I believe this aspect of the photon is detected in individual photon experiments.
In the standard model, a photon at the polarizer either gets through unchanged or is completely absorbed depending on its orientation. Because my model of the photon has no polarity for any individual photon of this type, each one that "gets through" must do so as ... A) entirely unaffected by passage through the polarizer, or ... B) partially affected.
If this is true, there are three possibilities: