@article {MATHEDUC.06163253,
author = {Robles, P. and Claro, F.},
title = {Can there be massive photons? A pedagogical glance at the origin of mass.},
year = {2012},
journal = {European Journal of Physics},
volume = {33},
number = {5},
issn = {0143-0807},
pages = {1217-1226},
publisher = {IOP Publishing, Bristol},
doi = {10.1088/0143-0807/33/5/1217},
abstract = {Summary: Among the most startling experiences a student encounters is learning that, unlike electrons and other elementary particles, photons have no mass. Under certain circumstances, however, the light quantum behaves as if it did have a finite mass. Starting from Maxwell's equations, we discuss how this arises when light interacts with a charged plasma, or travels along a waveguide. The motion of such photons is analyzed using kinematic concepts of special relativity, and we show how a cutoff frequency for effective propagation appears. Seeing how an environment may yield an apparent dynamic mass to the photon paves the way for later understanding: might the Higgs boson field provide other particles, such as the electron, with a mass? This paper is addressed to mid-level physics students, teachers and lecturers, requiring only a knowledge of classical electromagnetic and special relativity theories.},
msc2010 = {M50xx},
identifier = {2013d.00772},
}