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.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

4
votes
4answers
203 views

What does observation mean in two-slit electron diffraction experiment? [duplicate]

My question is clear, that I ask: What do we mean by "observation" in 2-slit experiment for electrons (or any other wave-particle)? You know, we say that :"if we observe the electron, it shows a ...
4
votes
4answers
299 views

Slit screen and wave-particle duality

In a double-slit experiment, interference patterns are shown when light passes through the slits and illuminate the screen. So the question is, if one shoots a single photon, does the screen show ...
4
votes
2answers
989 views

Double-slit experiment simulated with water waves?

We all know the explanation videos and other material using the water waves analogy to illustrate the propagation of electrons or photons and the interference patterns measured in the the single-slit ...
4
votes
3answers
584 views

Defining Measurement in Quantum Mechanics

I should begin by saying that I am a total newbie when it comes to Quantum Mechanics. Therefore my question might sound metaphysical to people who know their stuff. So please forgive. What I am ...
4
votes
2answers
270 views

What's wrong with this experiment showing that either FTL communication is possible or complementarity doesn't hold?

The assumptions are: Alice and Bob have perfectly synchronized clocks Alice and Bob have successfully exchanged a pair of entangled photons The idea is simply to have Alice and Bob perform the ...
4
votes
1answer
369 views

Young's double slit experiment viva question

My professor asked me (in my viva exam), "If, in the Fraunhofer single slit diffraction experiment, if we have 2 slits instead of one (at very short distances), What would happen?" I answered with ...
4
votes
1answer
119 views

Does electromagnetic field collapse the wave function of charged particles?

In an electron double slit experiment, let's put two charged plates behind the slits in an attempt to move the pattern up and down on the the screen. What will happen? Will it just shift the ...
4
votes
1answer
409 views

Problem in Youngs double slit experiment

This is from Young Double slit experiment. But How to prove the the two $\theta$ are equal, I meant, how $\angle EAD= \angle PEC$? I see from the both triangle have $90^0$ but what about others?
4
votes
1answer
242 views

double slit experiment with two opposite quarter waveplates

Consider the usual double slit experiment involving laser and a double slit and a screen. Now place in front of the left slit a quarter waveplate (let's call it QWP1) that changes a certain linear ...
4
votes
4answers
1k views

Young's double-slit experiment with detectors

Related: Accuracy of various optical instruments In many books, it's written that knowing which slit a photon passes through (by placing a detector before the slit) in a Young's double-slit setup ...
4
votes
1answer
246 views

Young's double slit

Am I right to think the (general) probability distribution of photon in a double slit experiment at the screen has the form $|\psi|^2 = c e^{\alpha x^2}\cos^2(\beta x)$? (Due to the superposition of ...
4
votes
3answers
651 views

What is the experiment where subatomic particles appear to foresee the future?

I've seen a documentary, whose name I don't remember but I'm curious because it suggests that subatomic particles are able to "foresee the future". I'll try to describe it here: Some particles are ...
3
votes
2answers
532 views

How do photon emitters and photon detectors work?

The interpretation of the double slit experiment is very strange and i want to understand how they did it before I give up my concept of reality. With the double slit experiment a interference pattern ...
3
votes
4answers
140 views

What exactly is meant by “observed” when talking about the wave-particle duality?

When talking about the wave-particle duality, teachers and books say that when you send a single photon through a slit, it makes a wave pattern. But if you send that particle through the slit and "you ...
3
votes
2answers
489 views

Entanglement and the double slit experiment

Is the double slit experiment an example of entanglement when it seems as if the photon is going through both slits? Or put another way, is it at this stage when we attempt measurement we see a photon ...
3
votes
2answers
82 views

2-slit experiment

In the 2-slit experiment, is it possible to "account" for all of the energy in the incoming beam - i.e. does all of the incoming energy show up in the bright spots or is some of it "destroyed" when ...
3
votes
1answer
125 views

Covering centeremost slit of a N slit diffraction grating - what happens?

For an N-slit diffraction grating, the distance from a maxima to a minima at order p is given by $$\delta \theta = \frac{\lambda}{Np}$$ What happens to this width when the centremost $\frac{N}{2}$ ...
3
votes
2answers
433 views

What happens in this revised double-slit experiment?

Put the classical electron-emitting double-slit apparatus in a sealed box. At each slit there's a counter to check whether an electron has passed it or not, so had the apparatus been left in open, we ...
3
votes
2answers
139 views

In the dual-slit experiment, can the time it takes for a photon to arrive reveal the path it took?

It seems like this experiment is possible: Fire a photon, and start a timer The photon travels through the slit(s) The photon strikes a plate -- the timer is stopped. Based on where on the plate ...
3
votes
3answers
3k views

Why is the central maximum the brightest?

This is a question directly from a homework sheet, however I can't find any decent answers online so hopefully someone can help! In single slit diffraction, why is the central maximum double the ...
3
votes
1answer
89 views

Would white light waves act as same as monochromatic waves in double slit experiment?

Would white light waves act as same as monochromatic waves in double slit experiment? If not, what pattern would be seen on the screen?
3
votes
2answers
115 views

Does the material of the slits affect the pattern of the electrons in the double-slit experiment?

The question comes from thinking about the way how electrons act on the slits. Do material of the slits affect electrons motion? Assume the radius or length of the slits are set in this case.
3
votes
1answer
2k views

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? ...
3
votes
1answer
778 views

Use and understanding of higher-order correlation functions

The correlation function g1 is pretty easy to understand and the relation to young's double slit experiment is also clear to me. In every quantum optics book I read so far correlation functions ...
3
votes
3answers
97 views

Double-Slit Experiment Separation Between Fringes

I was taught in class that the double slit diffraction pattern would always have bright fringes of same length. We derived the formula: $y=m(\lambda)(L)/d$, which also shows this equal distance. I ...
3
votes
2answers
249 views

Probability wave speed of dispersion and interference

I'm a layperson learning about quantum mechanics and probability waves. My understanding is that the probability wave for the position of a particle disperses throughout all of the universe. I have ...
3
votes
2answers
122 views

Copenhagen interpretation

Reading some science history, Werner Heisenberg and Bohr created the Copenhagen interpretation, but what I didn't get is how can we connect this interpretation to Schroedinger's cat and the double ...
3
votes
1answer
96 views

Is this double “double slit experiment” involving entanglement possible?

The experiment goes as follows: Put a particle emitter (photon, electron etc.) between a pair of double slits. The emitter launches pairs of particles that are entangled in such a way that if one ...
3
votes
2answers
185 views

How to prove wave nature of large object?

In double slit experiment only small sized particles were used. however if we use large objects such as a tennis ball, the expected pattern is not observed. Why the wave nature is not visible for ...
3
votes
1answer
170 views

Why is the Fraunhoffer Pattern the Fourier transform of the slit?

Why is it that the fourier tranform of the slit (with value 1 where it's open?) gives the fraunhoffer diffraction pattern? Why are these two paired?
3
votes
1answer
116 views

How would a semi-classical particle react to the double slit experiment?

As far as I know, there is a smooth transition between quantum and classical regimes, so that even classical particle like a massive object has a wavefunction associated with it. However, the double ...
3
votes
2answers
330 views

Decoherence when no one is looking?

I understand that in the single-electron-at-a-time double slit experiment, if a detector is placed before the slit, the interference pattern vanishes. Suppose I left the detector on, but put a bag ...
3
votes
1answer
85 views

Why is the camera not the culprit? [duplicate]

Perhaps I am completely wrong, but as I understand it our observation of a system can affect the outcome. The example I remember is the double slit experiment where electrons behave as a wave at ...
3
votes
1answer
208 views

Can spatial coherence be maintained in fiber optic cables over time?

I am doing research with a double slit experiment, using a beam splitter and 2 lengths of fiber optic cable, whose ends brought close together form the effective double slit. I notice that the ...
3
votes
2answers
67 views

Double slit experiment and “space”

I'm no Physicist, so please excuse my ignorance. I'm sure there will be plenty of scenarios in which what I am about to say comes crashing down, but that's why I'm asking the question really. In ...
3
votes
0answers
102 views

Double Slit Experiment with Two Independent Sources

Imagine a variation on the double slit experiment. I'll describe it in 2D using the $x-y$ plane. The $x$-axis is impenetrable other than the two slits, which are positioned at $(-1,0)$ and $(+1,0)$. ...
3
votes
2answers
127 views

Period of Double Slit Experiment

What is the period of the pattern from the double slit experiment? It varies along the pattern right? Namely I'm confused because when considering two point sources (See: Period of Interference ...
3
votes
1answer
172 views

First order coherence through double slit

The state $$|\Psi \rangle = |0\rangle + \sum_j \int d\omega f_j(\omega)\hat{a}^\dagger_j (\omega) |0\rangle $$ is coming from a far field and incident on a double slit setup. Here j is the index of ...
3
votes
6answers
502 views

Do we really know which slit the photon passed through in Afshar's experiment?

The plain old double slit experiment displays interference when we don't measure which slit the photon passed through, and no interference when it is measured. Let's turn our attention to the case ...
2
votes
3answers
824 views

Why is it difficult to differentiate between interference and diffraction?

Why is it difficult to differentiate between interference and diffraction? Is it because we don't clearly understand how both of these phenomenon takes place? My thoughts: From an answer to one of ...
2
votes
2answers
2k views

Electron behavior changes when observed?

I saw this video of the double slit experiment by Dr. Quantum on youtube. Later in the video he says, the behavior of the electrons changes to produce double bars effect as if it knows that it is ...
2
votes
3answers
166 views

Does interference take place only in waves parallel to each other?

The title says it all but I will add some details. I believe that interference takes place only in waves which are parallel to each other. See the picture to understand what I mean by parallel. We ...
2
votes
2answers
944 views

The Double Slit Experiment - delayed measurement

I'm not a physicist; I'm just curious about what would happen. According to this video "Explained ! The Double Slit Experiment" (at 2:50): "Somebody decided to leave the detectors on but just not ...
2
votes
1answer
66 views

Does classical physics predict the effects of shining a laser at a hair?

The discussion on this webpage mentions that shining a laser beam at a hair produces an effect like that of the double-slit experiment. Does classical physics predict the effect you observe when you ...
2
votes
4answers
440 views

Double slit experiment and single particles. Is the wave function just a mathematical model?

I really do want to apologize in advance, I know this question has been 'answered' before. I have this 'problem' of feeling negatively toward much of today's 'mystical' interpretations of physics, ...
2
votes
2answers
163 views

In a double slit experiment are any particles lost because they hit the space between the two slits?

In its wave-form a particle should pass through every time because it propagates in all directions. So there shouldn't be any losses of particles landing in between the slits, right?
2
votes
2answers
519 views

If nothing weighs something then doesn't that mean there is mass associated with spacetime?

Lawrence M. Krauss says, "If you removed all of the particles, all of the radiation,absolutely everything from space and all that remained was nothing that nothing would weigh something." What ...
2
votes
2answers
110 views

Logic of the 'imaginary wave function collapse' argument in Double Slit experiment

My question is in regards to the stance that the 'wave function collapse' is not an actual physical occurrence. That is, you are not, by observation, changing the particles position from a wave to a ...
2
votes
2answers
79 views

How fast is wave propagation in interference?

When someone performs Young's Double Slit experiment, the person sees an interference pattern on the screen. What is the time taken to for the pattern to appear on the screen? Is it distance between ...
2
votes
1answer
95 views

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 ...