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How does such strange microscopic behavior at the atomic level (quantum mechanics) lead to the macroscopic behavior at our level?

So, I'm only a high school student researching quantum physics, and I find it very interesting. However, there's one question that keeps nagging at me in the back of my head. How exactly do odd ...
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Why Does Passing Light Through a Slit Make it Coherent?

Related: Why incoherent source of waves have to be passed though a single slit for double slit interference pattern to occur? If you have a an incoherent light source, why does passing it through a ...
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Do small-angle coherent scattering experiments really see coherent effects over arbitrarily large distances?

Short version After integrating over all possible outgoing angles, the total cross-section of coherent elastic scattering from a fixed target of characteristic length $L$ scales like $L^4$. Does ...
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How are the definitions of a coherent state equivalent?

I am trying to understand coherent states. As far as I could find there are three equivalent definitions and in general many sources start from a different one, still I fail to see their equivalence. ...
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Are two polarization states of light coherent?

Let's consider a situation: we have distant point source of unpolarized light in certain non-zero range of wavelengths (it's polychromatic). Let's divide this light into 2 beams depending on ...
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supressing certain decay paths and enhancing others with interference

In a scattering reaction, there are many possible final states for the products, each with different production rates. Question: Is there a way in which we could in general supress certain rates ...
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Why is the photon emitted in the same direction as incoming radiation in Laser?

When an atom “lases” it always gives up its energy in the same direction and phase as the incoming light. Why does this happen? How can this be explained? How does the photon generated because of ...
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3D coherence of light speckles- difference between Airy and gaussian speckles

In this article, http://www.dfm.uninsubria.it/laboferri/web_page/articoli_pdf/PRA_2009-Magatti-Three_dimensional_coherence_of_light_speckles-experiment.pdf, the 3D-coherence properties of light ...
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Are two waves being in phase is the same as saying that the two waves are coherent?

If two waves are coherent, is it the same as them being in phase? Please correct if I'm wrong.
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First order coherence function in terms of momentum distribution function

Can someone show me how the first order coherence function $G^1(r,r')\equiv \left \langle \hat{\Psi}(r)\hat{\Psi}(r') \right \rangle $ for a system of bosons is related to the momentum distribution ...
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Can polarization effect the coherence length?

I'm taking an optics lab in which I'm required to construct an interferometer, and measure the wavelength of a laser, and the coherence length of the light emitted from a candle fire. Now, I've been ...
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What are coherent and incoherent radiation?

What are coherent and incoherent radiation? I am a mathematician who is self-learning physics. In reading Jackson's electrodynamics and other books, I often hear that radiation is incoherent or ...
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Does decoherence single out a preferred frame?

Environmentally induced decoherence makes wave function collapse unnecessary. But the environment, usually taken to be some heat bath, introduces a preferred frame. (That in which the total (spatial) ...
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Spatial and Temporal Coherence

How is it possible to achieve waves which are spatially, but not temporally, coherent? Can this be done with a bandpass filter? Conversely, how is it possible to achieve waves which are temporally, ...
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coherence length

Suppose i have two waves emanating from a point source. The waves start out completely in phase. Is the coherence length consistently defined as the length at which these two waves achieve a phase ...
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Calculating the coherence length from a spectrum

I have measured the spectrum of the LED in my interferometry set-up, and now I want to calculate the coherence length from it. A commonly found formula is $l_{coh} = \frac{c}{\Delta f}$, sometimes ...
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Why incoherent source of waves have to be passed though a single slit for double slit interference pattern to occur?

Thomas Young used a single slit between the light source and the double slits. I can't understand why did he used the single slit, since the light from only one source is coherent already or isn't it? ...
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Coherence, Entanglement, Correlation

Let's deal specifically with a two-level system. I understand that ``coherence'' is due to the off-diagonal elements in the density matrix $\rho(t) = \sum_{i}|\psi_i(t)\rangle p_i\langle\psi_i(t)|$ ...
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Is Initial Coherence a Problem in Experiments?

In experiments, or optical setups, is the initial coherence of lasers something to be concerned about? You can calculate interference patterns, but those generally rely on the phase shift between the ...
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Does putting color filters make the sources incoherent?

In Young's double slit experiment a single source is used to illuminate two slits which then acts as two coherent sources to produce interference pattern. But, what if I put color filters on the two ...
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How is the theory of partial coherent light related to quantum-mechanics?

Background Let me start this question by a long introduction, because I assume that only few readers will be familiar with the theory of partial coherent light and concepts like a mutual coherence ...
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Laser Coherence Length/Time

Scenario: Imagine a collimated beam of white light falling on one refracting face of a prism. Let the light emerging from the second face be focused by a lens onto a screen. Suppose there is linear ...
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In what applications are lasers necessary vs. just convenient?

I’m trying to understand, given the wide array of current laser applications: Which applications actually require laser characteristics, as opposed to just use lasers because they are the most ...
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Optical coherence tomography

In Optical Coherence Tomography, Broader bandwidth/low coherence light sources are used. Is it only because to increase the resolution or are there any other reasons? What will happen if we use a high ...
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State emitting from an extended thermal source

This calculation is for a double slit experiment setup which is experiencing a far field radiation from an extended monochromatic thermal source. I assume the source is 1-D and it's length is $b$. ...
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Physical significance of effective wave function

In Yanhua Shih's book on quantum optics, the coherence functions are expressed in terms of effective wave function. Here are the expressions for single photon wave packets. To derive the coherence ...
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Coherency matrix of partially polarized light doesn't contain all information on polarization state?

The electric field of quasi-monochromatic, partially polarized light can be expressed by the following random process (Goodman, Statistical optics) ...
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What is coherence in quantum mechanics?

What are coherence and quantum entanglement? Does it mean that two particles are the same? I read this in a book called Physics of the Impossible by Michio Kaku. He says that two particles behave in ...
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How to interpret temporal coherence in Young's double slit experiment with single photons?

I have a problem with understanding what is the role of coherence in such experiment. Taking the Dirac's statement that photon interferes only with itself, it's fairly understandable, that single ...
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Coherence effect on collecting sun light by mirrors

There are systems that collect sun light in one spot. I wonder, why does it accumulate additively, without destructive interference?
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Do the various frequencies of light within sunlight have the same coherence length?

I'm aware that the coherence length of sunlight can be observed with a Michelson-Morley interferometer. I haven't seen any experiment that separated the different colors within sunlight to determine ...
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Ring Resonators

If optical field will propagate into the following ring resonator. Optical field will propagate into the ring and propagate to the coupling region. I didn't get where and how the interference will ...
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Fiber optics with broadband, incoherent light

I wonder if someone could help clarify waveguiding with broadband, incoherent light please. If we take a telecomms fiber, which is single-moded above ~1.4 μm and couple a laser beam in, we assume ...
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Are “phase-specific” masks ever used in the context of double exposure lithography? Can these sorts of things exist?

I was recently reading an 08' paper on double exposure lithography: and I was wondering if there existed some material that could be used to create a mask for e.g. a 193 nm light source that was only ...
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Photon detection rate for pure / mixed states coming from single mode point source

Let the pure states be in superposition of horizontal and vertically polarized basis states. They are arriving at the point detector one at a time. So, a pure state is $|\Psi\rangle = \alpha|V\rangle ...
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Temporal coherence in Computational ghost imaging

In pseudo-thermal ghost imaging using a laser beam passing through a rotating ground glass plate, the temporal coherence is important since the intensities in both scanning and bucket detectors have ...
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How to modulate the coherence of light field?

I want to use a Ronchi grating to modulate the coherence of incoming light field. The grating is placed at the object plane of an optical system under test. So can anybody answer my question about ...
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Why is a coherent state an eigenfunction to the annihilation operator? [duplicate]

In class when we talked about the harmonic oscillator in QM we noticed that the eigenfunctions to the annihilation operator are coherent states in the sense that they have minimum uncertainty in ...
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Coherence with an infinfinite number of waves

If I had an infinite number of sine waves with frequencies between 0 and 2, and I know what amplitude each wave has, is there a way for me to predict how they interfere? for example if I have: ...
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Coherent Population Trapping

I'm researching a review article I'm writing on atomic clocks. In miniaturized versions of the technology they are using coherent population trapping to excite resonance in atoms. I don't really ...