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Do interference rings disappear in an interferometer if the path lengths are identical?

Consider a standard Michelson Interferometer (I took the picture from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interferometer) The incident beam is split into two parts, where the two parts travel on different ...
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What is a “lateral fringe displacement”?

I encountered the term "lateral fridge displacement" in my optics homework for a problem about inserting a thin plate of glass over one of Young's double splits. So what does "lateral fringe ...
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Questions on wave-particle duality

Wave-particle duality states that a particle has both wave properties and particle properties when one is not observing it. 1) What is an observer? Need it be anything living or can other particles ...
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What's inside the slit in double slit experiment?

If double slit experiment is done in a environment with air, then slits could also contain air made up of (approx. 80% nitrogen, 20% oxygen), then there is not empty space inside the slit. How can it ...
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Why are there interference patterns inside a diffraction envelope?

When double-slit diffraction occurs, there are interference patterns inside, say, the central diffraction maxima (or envelope). I am trying to understand how these interference fringes are created. ...
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Does double slit in a vacuum have any effect?

If you do the double slit experiment in a foggy or smokey room, it seems like your going to smudge out the interference pattern, right? Continuing in the other direction it seems intuitive that 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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Is the beta barium borate crystal an observer in the delayed choice quantum eraser double split experiment?

I'm a little confused about the top answer to this question: Variation of delayed choice quantum eraser He says "if you simply detect all signal photons and make no distinction between them, there ...
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The Double Slit Experiement

The equation for the double slit experiment requires an approximation in naming the two angles used to both be theta, correct? I feel like the majority of equations are exact relations, and it just ...
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Is the following a simpler viable alternative to Feynman's interpretation of the double slit experiment

Feynman suggested that there is an infinity of trajectories for a single electron travelling from the source to the phosphorescent screen. He said that one electron goes through both holes (Fig 4.10, ...
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How is wavefunction probability redistributed after partial wavefunction collapse?

Suppose I set up the double-slit experiment using photons as my particle. Behind the left slit I place a beam splitter that points some of the light off in the direction of a camera (represented as ...
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Where can you get a photon detector?

Say I'm doing the double-slit experiment with photons as the particle and want to add a detector just behind each slit to eliminate the interference pattern. Where would I get a detector like that?
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Matter wave of multiple particles of different types

I am slightly getting confused on the following issue: When performing double-slit experiment of electrons, a screen allows the matter waves to be detected as particles. And as we all know that ...
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what is phase angle of wave function $\phi \,$?

this is wave function: $$\Psi{(\vec r, t)}=\Psi_0 e^{i(\vec k \cdot \vec r-\omega t)}$$ $$\Psi{(\vec r, t)}=A e^{i(\phi + \vec k \cdot \vec r-\omega t)}$$. what is phase angle $\phi$ of wave ...
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How Light or Water Intensity is equal to square modulus of wave function of Light or Water Waves $I=|\psi|^2 \,$?

I've seen the Wave Function as a psi $\Psi$ $\psi$. And always heard that the wave function is the Complex Number as Imaginary and real number. But I've never seen it I've never seen components of ...
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What kind of interactions denote 'observation'?

I'm quite perplexed by the notion of 'observation' in regards to the collapse of a particle's probability wave. Does a particle's wave only collapse when it is involved in a strong interaction (such ...
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Double-slit experiment with alternating on-off switch

Suppose we perform a double-slit experiment with a detector placed at a position of minimum intensity (maximum destructive interference), off-center where the path lengths differ by half a wavelength. ...
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Young double slit experiment without first slit

What if I take a laser pen and direct it towards the middle of two wide slits? Will I get interference pattern or just two lines? Do I need to scatter photons before they hit the slits to observe ...
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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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Electron double slit experiment and the electric field

In the electron double slit experiment, why is it not, in principle, possible to know which slit the electron went through by the electron's effect on the surrounding EM field? As the electron ...
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Has the Double-Slit Quantum Eraser Experiment ever been tried on a large scale?

I was just reading about quantum entanglement and the example was the Double-Slit Quantum Eraser Experiment. Then this was used as a basis for saying that particles might be half a universe apart and ...
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How fast does the collapse travel in a multiple slit experiment?

If we have a kilometer long million slit light source and make an observation on a slit at one of the ends, will the interference pattern fully collapse or partially collapse? is there any delay in ...
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Query regarding interference

In Young's Double Slit experiment, why is it that two waves vibrating perpendicular to each other doesn't show interference? I know that for interference to happen, the waves must be coherent ( i.e., ...
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Why should nature of light(or any quantum object) depend on observation?

We know that, in the double slit experiment, observation changes the behavior of a quantum object, that it behaves like a particle when observed and a wave when not observed. But why should its nature ...
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Probabilistic vs Statistical interpretation of Double Slit experiment

Why is it assumed that the results seen in the double slit experiment are probabilistic and not just a statistical result of some unknown variable or set of variables within the system.
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Quantum Mechanics

Quantum Mechanics. Could anyone help me to understand the concept involved? Double slit experiment can be easily understood by Wave nature of light, but while explaining it with photons, it required ...
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What is the nature of Young's Double Slit Experiment with detectors?

If a detector is kept at the two slits the fringes disappear. But, when the detectors are removes do the fringes come up immediately without any significant time lag? Can there be a way to switch on ...
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Young's DS experiment and most light sources

The reason why two independent bulbs cannot be used to create the young's two slit interference pattern is that the phase difference between those two sources varies very rapidly and therefore, the ...
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Do Photons interfere when it passes through a slit (one)? [duplicate]

When a light (photons) goes through two slits it creates interference patterns. if the light goes through a "single" slit, does it create interference patterns or does it behave like particles ...
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Basic Quantum Superposition

I'm looking to improve my understanding of quantum superposition. Consider the two-slit setup, where $|A\rangle$ is the state of the electron at the source, $|z\rangle$ is the state at some point on ...
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Can we see light as it 'interferes' with itself and produces the characteristic double-slit pattern?

This TED talk suggests that we can now watch as a beam of light propagates through a bottle filled with water. My question is: can we use this new technology to perhaps 'see' the photon as it makes ...
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Young's Double Slit experiment question

Q-A beam of light consisting of two wavelenghts 600 nm and 450 nm is used to obtain interference in Young's Double Slit experiment (YDSE). Find the least distance from the central maximum where the ...
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Young experiment: square of classical real wave function

I can't understand why the sum of two real waves result in a time dependent wave, but not so for the complex waves. In details, I can't get this passage on p.38-39 in A.C. Phillips, Introduction to ...
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How does the Fraunhofer irradiance distribution look for a double slit aperture of different lengths?

How does the Fraunhofer irradiance distribution look for a double slit aperture with $d$ = integer multiples of $b$?
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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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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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Double-Slit Experiment Timed

I read an article online about someone somewhere timing the length of time it took a particle to travel from the source to the detector but I have lost all my bookmarks. :( Could someone point me to ...
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Quantum wave interference in 3d space

Why, in the double slit experiment, is there an interference pattern only along the horizontal axis and not along both axes?
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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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Double-slit experiment formulated in a quantum circuit

What would the double-slit experiment or something analogous to it look like implemented as a quantum circuit/program? Also, what about the delayed choice quantum eraser, how would that look in a ...
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Quantum eraser double slit experiment

In the quantum eraser double slit experiment, does the photon (or wavefunction) pass through one slit or both slits when different polarizers are placed over the slits?
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Single photon double slit experiment

In the question Double Slit experiment with just one photon or electron, one of the answers says There have been experiments recently where one can detect which the slit the particle went through ...
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How do I calculate the intensity of a diffraction pattern in a double slit experiment?

I'm currently struggling to understand the physics behind this question (purely because our lecture hasn't given us proper grounding in quantum mechanics). In a double slit experiment, you are given ...
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What is the difference of observing the double slit experiment - once with our eyes and once with a special device?

We perceive the interference image if we not observe the situation near the slit, and just 2 stripes if we do. What is the difference in the observing? Don't we still observe the electrons in both ...
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The Double Slit Experiment and the changing of electron behaviour

As you will all know, when one tries to detect which slit an electron has gone through with close up observation, it changes from behaving like a wave and producing an interference pattern to behaving ...
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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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Double slit experiment

I can't understand the relation between Schrödinger's Cat and this amazing experiment of the double slit. It seems like in the double slit we know if we observe the particle the wave function ...
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Quantum entanglement? And quantum double slit

Does quantum entanglement consist only of 2 matter that are connected by each other? And what is the connection between the observer and the matter that is being fired? I'm not a physicist though ...
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Is it the act of measuring a quantum particle that causes it to lose its uncertainty?

I have designed an experiment. Without going into detail it resolves around the double slit quantum eraser experiments. If we can infer the location of a particle without actually measuring it, does ...
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Quantum Mechanics proved incorrect. Bohr - Einstein debates concluded?

"Photons act like they go through two paths, even when we know which they took". Please refer the above link and its conclusion. I am an Engineer. What I infer from this is :- This proves ERP. ...