Emergence of Superposition Effects
This chapter explains the basic mathematical framework behind the emergence of the superposition effect as experienced by detectors when simultaneously stimulated by more than one EM wave by modeling the light–matter interaction process in view of the Non-Interaction of Waves property. The growing field of quantum optics does treat the atoms and molecules as quantum dipoles and EM waves mostly as classical waves. The summation of amplitudes implied by the superposition principle is actually carried out by the oscillating dipoles as their single conjoint dipolar stimulation, while constrained by their intrinsic quantum properties. The measurable superposition effects, which are always reported by detectors, are colored by their own unique response characteristics. Thus, one can generate different types of measurable superposition effects simply by changing the quantum characteristics of the detectors.