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Photon quasiparticle

A photon quasiparticle is a photon as affected by its interactions with the material.



The photon quasiparticle has a modified relation between wavelength and energy (dispersion relation), as described by the material's index of refraction. It may also be termed a polariton, especially near a resonance of the material.

For example, an exciton-polariton is a superposition of an exciton and a photon; a phonon-polariton is a superposition of a phonon and a photon.

Photons have spin 1 and are thus bosons.


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