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Photon Reflection from Metallic Surfaces:


Reflection corresponds to the absorption and reemission of a photon.  The clearest example of reflection occurs when a photon impacts the surface of a metal.  But, every surface can participate in reflection, a phenomenon which depends on the photon’s angle of incidence, the material’s available orbital energy levels, and the energy of the incoming photon.  Metals reflect strongly because of their ability to absorb and reemit a photon without losing energy to multiple orbital drops.  Metals form a crystalline lattice that allows an outer electron to bond loosely to many atoms in the lattice, hence the name “conduction” electron.  When a photon strikes a metallic surface, the result is the addition of the photon’s angular momentum to a conduction electron.  The incoming photon brings a rotating electron and positron; the photon’s positron combines with the conduction-electron.  This produces a new orbital electron with the B field of the photon-electron, plus the original B field of the orbital-electron prior to photon capture.  The orbital-electron now has more energy than it can sustain in its orbital so it jumps out of its orbital.  But, because the energy is not high enough for complete ionization the photon is recaptured.  In the case of the silver metals, the energy absorbed from the photon equals the energy re-released back into the reflected photon.  In the case of the colored metals (e.g. gold and copper), there are some photons that are absorbed, and frequency shifted released at the characteristic gold/copper frequency.  E and B Field that applies an angular force on one of the conduction band electrons.  The photon transfers its energy by the typical  to the movement of one of the conduction band electrons.  The conduction electron is an orbital electron, and its angular momentum around the metal atom will cause it to quickly shed the angular momentum added to it from the photon absorption.  As a result, a photon will generate as the orbital electron releases this quantum of energy.  In effect, the orbital electron held the photon’s energy for 1 moment, and released it the next.   


An alternate scenario for the relationship of the photon and the electron follows:  The photon approaches the conduction electron.  The positron portion of the photon combines with the orbital/conduction-electron.  The photon-electron now becomes the orbital/conduction-electron.  The quantum of energy delivered by the photon to the electron is not sufficient to free it completely; the photon’s added energy simply moves the electron to a higher available energy in the conduction band.  But, the energy added to the conduction electron dissipates because the energy added to the conduction zone’s electrons by applying an attractive force from the photon’s positron, and applying a repulsive force from the photon’s electron.    


The center of momentum of the system when a photon enters the metal and exits remains constant.  In other words, by reflecting the photon backwards, the mirror will be pushed forward.


When at a particular available energy elevation that the target orbital electron can absorb, the energy will immediately reradiate.  Such a phenomenon is common to us all, and is the basis of turning on the light and seeing a green shirt.  The green shirt was green because photons with a frequency corresponding to green struck the shirt and reflected back to the observer, while the photons at other energies were absorbed.