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Loss of interference in single-photon Mach–Zehnder interferometer with detector in only one arm

I have read that if you have a Mach–Zehnder interferometer (doing a single-photon experiment) and put a non-destructive detector in only one of the two arms (connected to the first beam splitter), you ...
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Michelson Morley experiment - why is there an interference pattern in the first place?

In descriptions of the experiment, the two arms of the interferometer have the same length. There's an interference pattern which was expected to be shifted when the system was rotated 90 degrees. But ...
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Newton's Ring Experiment-The constant [on hold]

In the newton's ring experiment, it is given in my lab manual that the radius of curvature of a plano-convex lens is calculated by taking the constant k in the denominator to be 20.I dont understand ...
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Can we obtain interference pattern with single electron/photon in Young's double slit experiment? [duplicate]

Can we obtain interference pattern by using single electron/photon in Young's Double slit experiment? If yes, then how ...and if no, then why?
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Resultant Intensity due to three Light sources [closed]

How to calculate resultant intensity at a point due to three light sources...?
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Are coherent tunneling and incoherent hopping belong to quantum interference?

What the accurate definition of quantum interference in molecule or molecules? In some case, there is coherent tunneling in a molecule junction while sometime it is incoherent hopping, or even the ...
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What happens if two possible paths interfere with each other but are different in their length?

Can you explain what happens if two possible photon paths interfere with each other but are different in their length? When does the interference pattern appear? I suggest it happens after the time ...
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Single Slit/Double Slit path differences

When diffracting light through a double slit, I understand that the two sources must arrive on the screen m(wavelengths) out of phase [where m is any whole number], in order for a bright fringe to ...
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Double slit with observer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmq_FJd1oUQ Apologize if this is a dumb question, I'm just a kid trying to make sense of something that I'm new to. It shows the wave interference when you send a ...
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If 2 photons never interact with one another, how come we get an interference pattern? [closed]

OK better to be insured: I'll exclude very high energy photons. Albert Einstein's paper on photo electric effect say that light is quantized loosely speaking, now in a double slit experiment How can ...
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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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Monochromatic light and interference [duplicate]

What I want to ask is monochromatic light necessary for interference? Doesn't interference occur on just the superposition of two waves(any waves)? And Why don't waves of different wavelengths don't ...
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If I aimed two identical lasers at a screen, what would the interference pattern look like? [duplicate]

If I aimed two identical lasers at a distant screen, what would the interference pattern look like? Could this be modelled as a wavefront passing through two slits, i.e. the double slit experiment? I ...
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What happens when A laser beam reflects from a cd surface?

The thing is that when light reflects from the surface of a medium with higher refractive index than that of the medium in wich is traveling then change phase by 180 degrees...The picture that I ...
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how can interference occur within diffraction?

My book says : The number of interference fringes occuring in the broad diffraction peak depends on the ratio d/a that is the ratio of the distance between the two slits to the width of a slit. In ...
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Is there sound diffraction grating? [closed]

Sound is also a wave phenomenon. Therefore, is there any counterpart of the usual optical grating for sound?
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Quantum eraser experiment with unbalanced interfereometers

In quantum eraser experiments, which path information is made available and then destroyed before the photon hits the screen. Now, say we had an experiment in which a photon is sent to a double slit ...
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Current quantum theory of interference

I have always thought that the quantum theory states that interference occurs when photons behave like waves and two or more possible paths exist. Interference can then be destroyed if the path of the ...
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Wave Function Collapse and Which Path Information

From what I understand, wave function collapse occurs when a photon/wave/particle/whatevertheheckitis which was previously in a superposition of states, collapses to one state. Now, in a double slit ...
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What is the difference between Young's double hole experiment and Young's double slit experiment?

I wanted to know why we usually prefer double slit experiment rather than the original double hole experiment, is there any difference between the observations of the two experiments?
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What is the Difference Between Quantum and Classical Interference

I was reading about Quantum decoherence and I came across this quote, "decoherence has irreversibly converted quantum behaviour (additive probability amplitudes) to classical behaviour (additive ...
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Proving law of reflection using Huygens principle

So I was reading the proof of law of reflection using Huygens principle but as I am new on this website so I can't attach a picture,so I will try to explain by writing only. The problem I face is ...
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Can light from the same source interfere with itself without utilizing n-slit screens?

I was wondering - can a source produce light which travels in such a configuration that part of it travels a longer distance (i.e., is out of phase with its other part) thus exhibiting an interference ...
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Single Photon Single Slit Interferometry

If just a single photon hit a single slit interferometer, what would happen? Would you just see a dot on the screen, or would there be a diffraction pattern? Furthermore, if you had a double slit ...
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How Quantum is EGY Duality Relation

I know that the Englert-Greenberger-Yasin (D^2+v^2=1 for a laser) duality relation is often considered an equation quantifying Wave-Particle Duality. However, when I was playing around with the ...
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Constructive interference

When two waves (having the same wavelength) are inphase and interfere in a constructive interference why just the amplitude of the final wave doubles and not the wavelength??
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Why is thin oil on water colorful but thick oil is not?

I understand that thin oil is color because of constructive/destructive interference, but why isn't the same true for thick oil? Is it because the first ray that reflects off the oil reaches your eye ...
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a question of optical interference and it's energy propagation [duplicate]

When I am thinking about the interference of two laser beams, a curious question often comes to my head: Take a Mach-Zehnder interferometer as example and suppose the frequency of the leaser beams is ...
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What happens to the Fringe Width when the velocity of electrons passing through the slit in Young's Double Slit Experiment increases?

A beam of electron is used in Young's Double Slit Experiment. The slit width is d. Then the velocity of electron is increased. What happens to the Fringe Width? My approach: $$\beta = ...
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How can the central maximum in a double slit experiment have greater intensity than the original beam?

I have read in more than one place that the maximum intensity in a double slit experiment can be defined as the sum of the amplitudes of the light in each slit. For example, if the intensity of a ...
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Young's Double Slit Experiment problem, regarding change in medium

In the question we have a simple YDSE setup , there's just the addition of a glass slab of thickness t and ,refractive index u, in front of the top slit ( S1). Now we submerge the entire setup into ...
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why intensity become 4 times in constructive interference? [closed]

why intensity become 4 times in constructive interference? I know the I is proportional to $A^2$ . So when two waves with same phase, frequency and amplitude(A)superimpose, we get a wave with ...
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Why doesn't a backward wave exist? [duplicate]

Huygens principle says every point of wavefront emit wavelet in all directions. Then why does a back ward wave not exist? Can any expert tell real answer? On different sites I get different and ...
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Does diffraction take place in Young's double slit experiment?

In diffraction experiments interference takes place along with diffraction? Does diffraction take place in Young's double slit experiment? If it does take place then why don't we get the pattern of ...
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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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Can wifi signal reception be improved by opening a door? [closed]

Use Case A wifi user is in a different room than the router. The computer is having a hard time connecting and receiving the wifi signal. Engineering Question Can the wifi signal from the router to ...
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Effect of introducing lens on Fringe width

Suppose I have a light source of wavelength 400 nm. The slits are placed at a distance 1 mm apart. The distance between the slit plane and the screen is 50 cm. So that makes the fringe width, $\beta ...
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Interference of two identical laser source

Do two identical but separate laser sources cancel out each other when point on the same spot? By the way both light will be coming from same direction. And of course, they will have a phase ...
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Physical understanding of Anderson (disorder) localisation

My current understanding is that waves in disordered potentials experience localisation due to interference effects. (eg an electron in a disordered medium tries to take different paths of effectively ...
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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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Does nature of light depends on its Time of Interaction?

I was trying to understand how to "feel" about light. I have formed a notion which I couldn't find anywhere. So please tell if I am correct. Also please give theoretical explanations if possible (and ...
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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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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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Interference of light in a dielectric mirror

Here it is mentioned that for dielectric mirrors (mirrors designed to reflect a specific wavelength of light) "there is a 180-degree difference in phase shift at a low-to-high index boundary, compared ...
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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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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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Why is there no exact formula for position of maxima in single slit interference

On this website (http://www.ualberta.ca/~pogosyan/teaching/PHYS_130/FALL_2010/lectures/lect35/lecture35.html) it says that the formula $\sin(\theta_{max}) = (m+\frac{1}{2})\lambda$ derived for the ...
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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 don't choir voices destructively interfere so that we can't hear them?

Sound is propagated by waves. Waves can interfere. Suppose there are two tenors standing next to each other and each singing a continuous middle-C. Will it be the case that some people in the ...