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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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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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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Solving the Schrödinger equation for the double-slit experiment

I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask a question about the Schrödinger equation, but I'll take my chances anyway. Basically, I would like to know how one can set up a potential function that ...
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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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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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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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How can the 'choice' of a photon said to be delayed?

My question arises from two ideas that seem to be contradictory. Idea One: Wheeler's Delayed Choice experiment is an interesting variation of the double slit experiment. Idea Two: In the "reference ...
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DIY Quantum Eraser Experiment by the Scientific American: Is this really quantum?

Click here for the publication. Having performed this experiment, I have gotten clean results. Essentially, a double slit is made by putting an photon beam in the way of a wire with orthogonal ...
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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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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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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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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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What is the fringe separation in Young's double slit experiment?

In the double slit experiment, a pattern of dark and bright bands appears on the screen. Is the fringe separation the distance between two bright bands? Question: In a double slit experiment ...
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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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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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How can a single slit diffraction produce an interference pattern?

How can a light passed though a single slit produce a similar interference pattern to the double-slit experiment? How does the diffracted wave produce the points of cancellation and reinforcement, if ...
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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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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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Why does a double-slit experiment with sound waves never result in complete destructive interference?

Today, I find a question that if the speakers are set in parallel towards the wall. It has no complete destructive interference due to difference in distance from the point to each speakers, which ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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New version of double-slit experiment

I am trying to find a definite answer whether the following version of the double-slit experiment has ever been performed. Calculate/observe what interference pattern should appear by emitting ...
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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 ...
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Derivation of equation of path difference in double slit

$p$ = Path difference $r$ = Distance travelled by the rays $x$ = Perpendicular distance between interference of the rays to the medium point of the incident rays $a$ = Vertical ...
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Alternate Young double slit experiment

What will happen in Young's double slit experiment, when instead of screen I put a black screen with a hole and a second screen behind the black one. Will it still form interference pattern albeit a ...
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If only one slit is observed in the Double Slit experiment, will the unobserved slit produce an interference pattern?

I am having a difficult time solving this. Say that electrons are emitted from a source S at a very slow rate. If both slits S1 and S2 are observed, we would have roughly 50% probability of detecting ...
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Can you predict the path of a particle headed for 2 slits?

In the Double Slit experiment, particles are shot at 2 slits. We know that the particles will show a striped pattern on the screen if unobserved, but show up directly behind the slits if observed. I ...
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Why is the shape of the fringes in Young's double slit experiment hyperbolic?

Why is the shape of the fringes in Young's double slit experiment hyperbolic? Morever what type of fringe pattern is obtained if slits are almost perpendicular to the screen? Can someone explain ...
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Relationship between the the slit width $w$ and source distance $d$ [closed]

I read in a text of optics Eugene Hecht where i got that, missing fringes in a double-slit interference experiment results when diffraction minima cancel interference maxima. Is there any ...
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High energy photon collapsing into its own black hole

If I did not mess up the math, a photon with a wave length of $$ \lambda = \sqrt{2\pi}\, l_p$$ where $l_p$ is the Planck length has a mass (energy/$c^2$) of $$ m = \sqrt{2\pi}\, m_p$$ where $m_p$ ...
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Uncertainity principle and double slit experiment?

My Understanding of uncertainty principle goes that if some particles are in same state, then their measurement of certain property (say $x$ and $p$) will be different for different particles. ...
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Clarification about Wave-particle duality

Okay,so I am learning about the double slit experiment done with electrons. I saw this picture, which shows the interference pattern being built up slowly with increasing number of electrons: I ...
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Double slit: Does human attention, such as meditation change the outcomes of the double slit experiment [closed]

From Dean Radin's article published in Physics Essays, the abstract states: Abstract: A double-slit optical system was used to test the possible role of consciousness in the collapse of the quantum ...
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Is it possible to reproduce Double-slit experiment by myself at home?

I want to reproduce this experiment by myself. What I need for this. What parameters of slits and laser/another light source it needs? Is it possible to make DIY-detector?
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Question about the double slit experiment 2

I had wondered if anyone has ever tried doing the experiment with molecules, then I came across this webpage ( http://www.livescience.com/19268-quantum-double-slit-experiment-largest-molecules.html ). ...
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In double slit experiment how do we observe electrons near slit? [closed]

If we observe the electron near the slit, does it produces two bands instead of interference pattern. Also how do we observe electron. Is it by producing electric field. Also does double slit ...
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What is the wavefunction of the Young Double Slit experiment?

I have never seen the wavefunction for this experiment and would like to know how to derive it using the Schrodinger equation. I specifically want to see how the electron wave function leaves the ...
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Probability of getting through a slit

In a double slit experiment with electron we cannot know which slit the electron went through. If we measure it then the interference pattern disappears. Is it possible to get a probability for ...
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A problem in deducing $|\psi(x)|^2 \propto \cos^2(\pi sx/\lambda z_o)$ in diffraction by two slits experiment

In Quantum Mechanics for scientists and engineers by David Miller, he explains the diffraction by two slits (page $13$) and considers a beam of electrons whose wave function is $\psi(x)= \exp(ikr)$ ...