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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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 $\mathbb{...
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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 ...
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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 distance ...
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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 it ...
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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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In diffraction process, how to describe the edge in the sense of particle-wave duality?

In diffraction experiments photons show behind an edge intensity distributions in the form of fringes. It seems to be without doubt that the edge is a part of the game. My question is, how to describe ...
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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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Is there a video of a double-slit experiment using walking oil droplets (aka dotwaves)?

I've heard there have been experiments with walking droplets in a double-slit setup, and I've seen videos of many of the other quantum phenomenons walking droplets can emulate, but I can't find one of ...
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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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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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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 $\psi(x)= \exp(ikr)$ ...
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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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Double slit experiment exposed?

http://www.pnas.org/content/109/24/9314.full This experiment seems to show that the experimenters know that the photon went through just one slit and still observed an interference pattern on the ...
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In double slit experiments of particles (quantum) which the result is interference pattern, How many particles reach the observing screen?

I mean, I know the particles that reach the screen are going both/neither/either of slits and interference with themselves but statically/percentage how many particles interact with slits, are there ...
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Do our eyes act as observers at the quantum level? [duplicate]

This is a very high level question. I was just thinking about the idea than in quantum physics, the act of observing has a "strange" effect on some properties (e.g. double slit). If I'm staring at a ...
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In the double slit experiment, what is the position and momentum of a particle?

Is the position of an electron/photon which slit it went through? And the momentum of the electron/photon the wave-like interference pattern detected on the detector screen?
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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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Why does moving the source-slit closer to the double-slit plane decrease the sharpness of the interference-pattern?

Thomas Young used a single-slit plane before the two-slits plane in order to make the light source coherent. My book (NCERT Physics II) presents the above query and writes: Let $s$ be the size ...
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Why does increasing/decreasing the distance between two fringes, decrease/increase the fringe-width in interference pattern?

I am talking about this equation $$w= \frac{D\lambda}{d} \\\ \text{where}\; D= \text{separation between the slits & the screen}\\\ d= \text{separation between the slits}\\w= \text{fringe-width}$$. ...
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Observers in a Double Slit Experiment

Does it matter what the observer is in the double slit experiment? Could it be anything from an ant to a dog? Has it ever been tried with a non-human observer?
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A follow up on “Double Slit Experiment in a Bubble Chamber”

The exact title is "Has a double slit experiment ever been done using a track chamber or even contemplated?". I was totally unfamiliar with the concept of the bubble chamber, so I did some amateur ...
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Double slit experiment experiment with convex lens?

In one version of the double slit experiment, the experimenters placed a convex lens far away from the two slits. After the individual photons passed through the two slits they then travel to the the ...
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Does the double split experiment set boundaries to the concept of localization?

Feynman's textbook on quantum mechanics starts with the double split experiment for single electrons, see chapter 1-5. The astonishing result is the self-interference of the single electron as long as ...