The double slit experiment involves passing light through two parallel slits to demonstrate that the light from one slit interferes with that from the other.

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Why doesn't the quantum eraser violate the no-deletion theorem?

In the quantum eraser experiment and its variants, you basically have a double slit experiment, where you detect which slit the photon went through, but then forget this information. My question is, ...
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What patterns could be observed in this quantum entanglement thought experiment?

Please see attached image below. The DEVICE is beaming two streams of entangled particle pairs (B1 and B2) in opposite directions (e.g.: Particle no. 1 (p1) goes left, Particle no. 2 (p2) goes ...
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Double Slit Experiment doubts

Well, I've been reading about this experiment and watched some videos, I'm not a Physicist, and also don't know much about this kind of stuff. But that experiment made me very curious. For what I ...
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Double slit experiment without observer

If we used an instrument to record the double slit experiment but never looked at the footage so to speak, what would the mathematics show us?
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If we forget which slit the photon goes through, does it interfere again?

Okay, this highly hypothetical, since forgetting is basically impossible. I am just testing my understanding of quantum mechanics, this exact experiment is basically impossible (although there may be ...
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How do you detect a photon without consuming it?

In double slit experiment, they say they can put a detector after the slit so they know exactly which slit the photon has passed. But if you successfully detect a photon, isn't the photon also ...
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Two-slit experiment, why $\exp(ix)$ and $\exp(-ix)$?

I am looking at an example problem from optics with two narrow slits with light shining through both. The light through one slit is 5 times the amplitude of the light through the other. I know from ...
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Modified double slit experiment with single entangled particle [closed]

Say we use one of the entangled particle (A) for the experiment, if we measure the other particle (B) would particle (A) still be able to exhibit interference pattern since physically only the ...
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What is the difference between Young's double hole experiment and Young's double slit experiment?

I wanted to know why we usually prefer double slit experiment rather than the original double hole experiment, is there any difference between the observations of the two experiments?
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Can light from the same source interfere with itself without utilizing n-slit screens?

I was wondering - can a source produce light which travels in such a configuration that part of it travels a longer distance (i.e., is out of phase with its other part) thus exhibiting an interference ...
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Varying the Predictability in a Double Slit Experiment

I know that the Englert-Greenberger-Yasin Duality Relation states that as the predictability of finding a photon at a slit in a double slit experiment increases, the visibility of the interference ...
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Quantum double slit which-way problem

I recall reading that if you put a parallel polarizing filter over one slit and a perpendicularly polarizing filter over the other slit, and send a singe photon to the slits, then there is no ...
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Why the word “measurement” all the time?

I'm trying to learn more about the properties of light. In all the youtube videos and related to the two-slit experiment, the explanations always say that "measuring" can change the outcome. Why do ...
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Alternative Explanation of Quantum Double Slit Experiment with Different Polarizing Filter Over Each Slit

I recall reading that if you put a parallel polarizing filter over one slit and a perpendicularly polarizing filter over the other slit, and send a singe photon to the slits, then the two waves that ...
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why is intensity of wave is directly proportional to area of slit?

we know that intensity is power delivered per unit area.therefore intensity shall be inversely proportional to area of slit but it is not so. I= Power delivered/area
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After a slit, are photons polarized?

It seems clear that a photon stream as well as single photons behind a well designed slit - the right slit width for a given wavelength - are polarized. Means, the electric fields of such photons are ...
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What happens to the Fringe Width when the velocity of electrons passing through the slit in Young's Double Slit Experiment increases?

A beam of electron is used in Young's Double Slit Experiment. The slit width is d. Then the velocity of electron is increased. What happens to the Fringe Width? My approach: $$\beta = ...
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Can we stop an electron?

In some scientific movies I saw that when they want to demonstrate the double slit experiment they compare marbles (in not quantum world) to electron (in quantum world) because both of them have mass ...
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The observer detail of double slit experiment

I have been searching internet for a while and I couldn't find any detailed information about the observer type in double slit experiment of electrons. For example is the observer a camera or ...
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How can the central maximum in a double slit experiment have greater intensity than the original beam?

I have read in more than one place that the maximum intensity in a double slit experiment can be defined as the sum of the amplitudes of the light in each slit. For example, if the intensity of a ...
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Visualizing the (expected) gradual change from quantum to classical behavior

I'm pretty much a layman (no formal Physics education beyond high school) but find Quantum Mechanics endlessly fascinating. Ok, so when the double slit experiment is performed using ...
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Modern explanation of the Young experiment with Quantum Field Theory?

In the Young double slit experiment it is possible to detect the arrival of individual photons as well as an interference pattern. It doesn't makes much sense to me that something could be either a ...
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Has this double slit experiment been performed with electrons?

I don't know if we have the technology yet. Double slits, one electron at a time. The moving electron should produce a magnetic field. Can we detect such a weak magnetic field and tell which slit ...
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Double slit: why don't the edges of the slit constitute a measuring device?

The usual explanation is that any interaction with a 'classical' system will collapse the wave function and destroy the interference pattern. So, a recorder which is left on but never observed, will ...
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Double slit: how late can you delay collapse of wave function?

First, I am not a physicist so if there is a better way to phrase the question, please feel free to change. My understanding is that you can delay the which-way determination up to the time when the ...
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Waves hitting opening in wall (inteference)

Say you have two openings close to each other in a wall. Why does the length of the openings have to be equal to or less than the wavelength of the waves in order to create an interference pattern?
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Difference between Youngs double slit experiment and Double slit diffraction?

Both these experiments have double slits but in one interference takes place and in the other both interference and diffraction. If diffraction takes place in double slit diffraction then it should ...
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In a double slit experiment, fringe separation is constant. However in a diffraction grating fringe separation is not constant. Why is this?

Can you explain this as simply as you can? I am currently in high school and I've been wondering why? Correct me if my question is wrong, and if my assumption in my question is wrong, would you help ...
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Double slit experiment mechanism

Can someone explain the mechanism that sets in motion the electrons in the experiment? Is it an electro-magnetic force? If so, I think it's not right to describe the motion of the electron as a ...
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Could reflected sychrotron radiation guide electrons in the slit experiments? [closed]

When electrons are accelerated they produce synchrotron radiation. An electron traveling from the slit toward a detection screen will produce photons along the way. These photons will radiate toward ...
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Diffraction pattern in one continuous slit

Will a noticeable diffraction pattern appear if I use a single continuous slit, say a ring shaped one?If yes, can it be explained how the slits were paired for interference observations , and is there ...
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Confusion in difraction experiments

I had a confusion in the diffraction experiment about which I was taught in school. According to the formula we Derived The width of the central maxima decreases on decreasing width of slit and vice ...
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Light interference single particle 4 slits experiment - what are interpretations apart from many-worlds interpretation?

Someone knowledgeable about physics advised me to read a book "David Deutsch: The Fabric of Reality, 1997". The book gives experiment like two-slit one, difference is that 2-slits compared to 4-slits ...
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Two double slit experiments after each other

Does the act of observation forever destroy a photon or electron's wave like behaviour? What would the result be if the electron was observed, and instead of displaying the two lines or particle like ...
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I have some questions about reproducing Young's double slit experiment

I want to reproduce Young's double slit experiment for a school project. For the slits I am thinking making cuts in aluminium foil or maybe do something with pencil leads like this instructable ...
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Double slit experiment and pilot waves [closed]

Why do almost all books on quantum start out with the double slit experiment and show how a single particle interferes with itself and say its a wave and particle when Yves Couder has shown on a ...
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Effect of enlarging one of the slits in Young's Double Slit experiment

I'm trying to figure out what happens to the maximum intensity of a fringe pattern in the Fraunhoffer regime when one of the slits in the Young's double slit experiment is widened. The other slit is ...
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In the double slit experiment with electrons why the single slit case is not diffracting as photons would have?

The famous double slit experiment used in books to describe the duality of particles nature usually presents a case where only one slit is open and there is no diffraction. Aren't we supposed to see ...
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Delayed Choice Quantum Eraser: Am I missing something here?

Hello everyone, I actually have three questions: Am I missing an important detail in my understanding of how the delayed choice quantum eraser experiment is done? How does one account for what ...
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Young's double slit experiment with a single photon

i am a year 12 student and as i was reading a book written by Brain Clegg, i hit a roadblock. It would be great if somone could help me out with this. when we conduct young's double slit experiment ...
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Interference between two photons, tensor product of individual wave functions?

I have learned that the wave function cannot be visualized as a real physical wave like for example the EM field, because for multi-particle systems, it is not a wave in $\mathbb{R}^3$ but in ...
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Kim delayed choice experiment

In Kim's delayed choice experiment as described in Wikipedia, you get interference patterns or not depending on whether you look at detectors D3 and D4 (which give you path information) or look at ...
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Double slit experiment with changes

Couldn't find information about this anywhere. Maybe someone can tell me where I might find it. What happens when the approach angle of the particle/light beam is changed as opposed to directly in ...
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Particle pattern of double slit experiment?

I hope this is not a stupid question, but has the particle pattern of a double slit experiment actually been observed or is it just in theory? Seems there are many results/pictures of the wave ...
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Double slit experiment with a single photon stream

I would like to know if the following are true: Each time you fire a single photon, only one dot appears on the back screen. Is there ever a case that while we are watching the experiment, that a ...
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reproducing double-slit experiment with sunlight

Is it possible to reproduce Double-slit experiment at home with sunlight probably in a larger scale? Thanks for all the answers (and special thanks to Chris for the effort),so i understand that it ...
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What are the exact setups to observe a wave function and its collapsed state?

I was reading this article: http://io9.com/5528321/how-smart-do-you-need-to-be-to-collapse-a-wave-function and I need some clarification on the experiment setup. My current understanding is that if ...
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Has the double-slit experiment been performed with animals as the observers?

As the title says, has the double-slit experiment been performed with animals (not humans) as the observers? If yes, which animal was used and what was the result?
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At what point do quantum wave functions collapse? [duplicate]

At what point do quantum wave functions collapse? Let me give you two examples to make that question more clear: Let us think of the double slit experiment. We humans see the light at certain ...
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Inconsistency in illustration of double slit experiment?

So I have 2 questions: 1) In the following drawing, it seems to me that for a concentration spot to show up in the center of the receiver (orange dotted lines), the width of the emitter must be ...