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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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 ...
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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 ...
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Time-coherency of “incoherent” light

Even "incoherent" light as the one of a light bulb has some coherency, and would interfer in the double-slit experiment (even if more blurry because the different wavelengths don't trigger the same ...
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Slowing down the double slit experiment

Towards the end of the following video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzbKb59my3U the double slit experiment is executed with 'single' photons and it is shown how the interference pattern emerges as ...
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Young's double slit experiment and intensity

I want to ask a question about double slit interference and the pattern that it produces on a screen (for example in Young's Experiment with a laser beam). I understand the reason that you see a ...
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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.
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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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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 ...
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Relation between the electromagnetic wave and quantum wavefunction

I have been thinking about this for a while. I think I misunderstood something about the basics of quantum waves. Let's look at light diffracted in conditions similar to the double slit experiment. ...
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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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How two photons interfere in a double slit experiment

I have a very basic question about photons in double-slit experiment. I am not good at math, and have some Quantum mechanics knowledge. Math free explanation would be very good to me. When we do ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Stern-Gerlach experiment with Bosons

I'm new to this forum and I'm studying semiconductor physics at the moment. I just wanted to ask a thing about the concept of spin: when it was studied for the first time, in the Stern-Gerlach ...
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Does a particle “exist” between emission and detection?

In considering a simple Young's double slit setup: The classical idea that a particle must exist with defined position and momentum between the source and detection plate leads to philosophical ...
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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 ...
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Shooting a single photon through a double slit

Consider the image below. It shows a double slit experiment but with a single photon at a time. My question is as follows: Why is it that the photons always take a different path when shot at the ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Double-slit expirement fundamentals (half-silvered mirror version)

In the double-slit experiment variation in which 2 half-silvered mirrors and 2 mirrors are used to illustrate the interference of a stream of photons or single photons at a given time step, how is it ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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 laser and BBO are needed to create entangled laser streams?

I have been reading about entangled particles, lasers, the two slit experiment, etc. I really know nothing from physics (i.e. equations, formulas, theory); so please respond accordingly. From my ...
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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 ...
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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?
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How is interference of electrons (double slit experiment) explained in Heisenberg's Matrix Mechanics?

How is interference of electrons (double slit experiment) explained in Heisenberg's Matrix Mechanics?
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Superposition and simultaneous observation

Trying to understand superposition. Ok, so double slit experiment. The multiple paths the particle simultaneously travels interfere with each other but as it is absorbed, it chooses one "actual" ...
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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 $(+1,0)$. ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Can only one electron or photon produce interference pattern?

If we shoot one electron or photon at a time to a double slit for a long time, interference pattern will build up on the other side. If the gap between each electron or photon is long enough that they ...
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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 ...
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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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What's the reason double-slit experiment can't be explained by edge effects rather than quantum interference? [closed]

Say we had exactly this... But instead, it was a PING PONG GUN (imagine as table tennis players use to train), throwing out PING PONG BALLS. The two slits are say 20 cm wide, and the observing ...
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Appartus for Young's double slit?

I am wanting a full description of an apparatus used for Young's double slit (not necessarily the one that Young himself used though), which takes monochromatic light (though not laser light) and ...
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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 ...
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Which types of particles are affected by the wave-particle duality?

If we take the double slit experiment as a way of demonstrating the wave-particle duality, which types of particles would show an interference pattern? For example, I know that electrons show such a ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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What is the electric field outside a cylindrical solenoid?

What is the electric field outside a cylindrical solenoid when inside is turned on a magnetic field? The question is related to the question aharonov-bohm-effect-electricity-generation
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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?
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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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Do atoms behave like waves? [duplicate]

I've heard someone state that the double slit experiment can also be done with atoms, not just electrons or photons of light.
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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?
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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 ...
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Single photon and double-slit experiment [duplicate]

Laser fires single particles of light, called photons, through the slits. Even though only single photons of light are being fired through the slits and They create three pattern again. How single ...