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  1. #1 Does a photon vibrate? 
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    Does a photon oscillate, wiggle or spiral?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Guido View Post
    Does a photon oscillate, wiggle or spiral?
    Photons have intrinsic angular momentum, spin 1 in units of h-bar.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewC View Post
    Photons have intrinsic angular momentum, spin 1 in units of h-bar.
    Your answer is better than that of most book writers of basic physics because they are confusing the undulated electromagnetic field of a photon with an oscillation. Any incoming undulated fields will cause vibration. I expected 'No' as the correct answer.
    Yes, the photon is a boson (spin 1 particle). It is not trivial for the photon that spin 1 can be interpreted as an intrinsic angular momentum because time is frozen at the speed of light.
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