Commun. Comput. Phys., 7 (2010), pp. 813-830.

Event-by-Event Simulation of the Hanbury Brown-Twiss Experiment with Coherent Light

F. Jin 1, H. De Raedt 1*, K. Michielsen 2

1 Department of Applied Physics, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen, Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands.
2 Institute for Advanced Simulation, Julich Supercomputing Centre, Research Centre Juelich, D-52425 Juelich, Germany.

Received 5 August 2009; Accepted (in revised version) 11 September 2009
Available online 10 November 2009


We present a computer simulation model for the Hanbury Brown-Twiss experiment that is entirely particle-based and reproduces the results of wave theory. The model is solely based on experimental facts, satisfies Einstein's criterion of local causality and does not require knowledge of the solution of a wave equation. The simulation model is fully consistent with earlier work and provides another demonstration that it is possible to give a particle-only description of wave phenomena, rendering the concept of wave-particle duality superfluous.

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PACS: 02.70.-c, 42.50.Ar, 42.50.Dv, 03.65.-w
Key words: Computational techniques, Hanbury Brown-Twiss effect, light coherence, light interference, quantum theory.

*Corresponding author.
Email: (F. Jin), (H. De Raedt), (K. Michielsen)

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