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How to check whether Schrödinger's cat was in superposition of states?

Suppose we can make an arbitrarily precise preparation of a Schrödinger's cat (and isolate it arbitrarily well so that decoherence is not a problem). If we prepare lots of cats in this state, what ...
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How do I interpret the math relating to diffraction?

The following is a quote from the Haifa Lectures (Mendel Sachs) But if both slits are open, the wave function for the electron penetrating screen S1 is the superposition of states, $(\psi_1 + ...
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what is the explanation of the conditions of interference? [closed]

I know the conditions of interference.but I want to know the explanation of the conditions.like we know for interference,the sources should be coherent.but why? I want to know those explanations.
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How was Fizeau able to measure interference fringes in his experiment of 1851?

I am wondering how Fizeau, in the famous experiment of 1851, was able to measure changes int the interference fringes given that he used Sun light. Sun light constists of all kinds of wave lengths ...
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Why does light not destructively interfere when coming from an object?

This is something that I have been wondering for a long time. How come when an object is scattering light, the light does not destructively interfere? Should we not be able to find for every light ...
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Why are transition amplitudes more fundamental than probabilities in quantum mechanics? [duplicate]

I am reading Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods by Asher Peres. Terminology used in the book: $P_{\mu m}$ are "transition probabilities". They are the squares of "transition amplitudes". That is, ...
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Is electron interference because of energy transformation from wave to particle and vice versa?

I read about electron interference that in presence of photons there are no fringes formed but in its absence fringe patterns are formed. Can it be explained like this. An electron travels free as a ...
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Combination of 2 photons in opposite phase

We can explain conservation of energy in interference phenomena by saying that there is redistribution of energy. However if only 2 photons in opposite phase "combine" then how can we explain ...
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Between Constructive and Deconstructive Interference

Is there something other than constructive interference, such as a shift in 1/4 λ or 3/4 λ or even 7/5 λ? Because it would not end in a hill or a valley. It would be someplace between. Would it ...
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The interference pattern of a wave along a line [closed]

Why the answer is B, but not C? Is it true that the pattern cannot go beyond $A_0$ and $-A_0$ at the same instant?
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Coherence length requirement for interference

One property of light sources that is usually stated, which is of particular importance when trying to create interference fringes, is the coherence length (or coherence time). The equation for the ...
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Is wave superposition always equivalent to wave interference?

I'm confused when using these 2 words "wave superposition" and "wave interference" since their definition is very similar. So, are these 2 term the same?
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Does wave interference happen only to same frequency waves?

As the title says, from books and results from internet, I find that examples of wave interference always have the same frequency, only different in phase constant. So, I'd like to know if wave ...
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Interference of sound: how to calculate the sound intensity at each point?

I need help with the following question: Two speakers are sending out sound in phase with the frequency 2,13 kHz. The sound from the speakers is registered in three points A, B and C. See figure. ...
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Diffraction grating from first principles

I have realised that a lot of books and online resources fail to give a detailed treatment of the derivation of the diffraction grating interference pattern. Normally only the result is stated. I was ...
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Interference with sub-wavelength lattice constant

Is it possible to see interferences on a Blu-Ray disc (~300nm distance between lattices sites) with a 650nm laser?
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Intensity for Single-Slit Interference Pattern

In the derivation for the equation for the relative intensity of a single-slit interference pattern in my textbook, there is an assumption that I find a bit fishy. I know this equation works, so it ...
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Electron interference and light interference

In the double slit experiment I see that shooting electrons one by one after long time create a pattern that resembles that of light interference, but before these long time I see electrons at ...
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Wave interference

Visualizing the double slit experiment, there are light lines and dark lines. The dark lines I understand are caused by the interference cancelling waves. What I don't understand is where the energy ...
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Two layers of glass reflection related to wave interference [closed]

A highly reflective mirror can be made for a particular wavelength at normal incidence by using two thin layers of transparent materials of indices of refraction $n1$ and $n2 (1 < n1<n2 ) $on ...
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Everyone calls Electromagnetic Induced Transparencyan interference phenomenon, but is it also an interference phenomenon in classical systems?

Electromagnetically induced transparency is a hot topic in physics. However I'm curious about its mechanics in physics. Physicists think that it's a phenomenon of interference from transition of two ...
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What happens to the energy of photons when two light waves with plane wavefront interferes destructively? [duplicate]

When I began learning about optical interference, I came to know about destructive interference in which light waves cancel each other. How the energy is still conserved ? I found that the ...
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Definition of “destructive” interference of waves

What is the commonly accepted precise definition of "destructive" interference of waves. Does it mean: interference with complete cancellation or interference where the amplitude gets smaller ...
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Formula for bad contrast with a Michelson interferometer

In an exercise about the two spectral lines at wavelengths $\lambda_1,\lambda_2$ of Sodium, I found the following formula : $\delta=(2p+1)\frac{\lambda_m}{\Delta},p\in\mathbb{Z}$ where $\delta$ is ...
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How does Huygens Principle explain interference?

How exactly does Huygens theory about the propagation of wavefronts account for interference?
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How can an interference pattern encode both the angle of incidence and relative phase in a hologram?

For example - there are two "object" beams, both 180-degrees out of phase with the reference beam, which hit the recording plate at angles of incidence of 30-degrees and 90-degrees respectively. ...
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Why Does Thin-Film Interference Manifest Visibly Only on Thin Films? [duplicate]

We know that thin-film interference creates colors by constructive and destructive interference of different wavelengths. One of the better images I refer to is this: Though the example only traces ...
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How can colors from heat tinting depend on temperature only?

Colors caused by heat tinting of a material can be listed by temperature. For example, for carbon steel: ...
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Diffraction to be explained without Huygens principle

Can we explain diffraction without using Huygens principle?
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Sound Wave interference Experiment

I was wondering, can we use two sound sources so as to create a destructive interference at the position of a recorder at home? If possible, what is the easiest way?
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Can the diffraction/interference pattern behind the slit (double slit) be calculated with Feynman path integrals (QED)?

I often see Feynman path integrals explained by a graphic which shows the slit and then the electron goes all possible ways behind the slit. Ok that is nice to understand the Feynman path integral, ...
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Thin-wedge Interference Problems (Classical Waves Problem)

I would like to solve the problem on the following image: My question is: Why is the answer to (a) a minimum? When the light wave hits the top surface of the top glass, a wave will be reflected ...
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about superposition of two sinusoidal waves

I am reading a material on introduction of interference and superposition. To go deeper, I want to know how the math works in superposition, from wiki ...
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What is this light pattern caused by LED matrix street light?

At our office, they have installed new downlights in the parking lot (street lights) based on a rectangular matrix of very bright LEDs, which are not diffused. They look something like this one: ...
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Destructive and Constructive Interference Sign Problems in Sound Speakers

The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Problem b). Looking at the attached document of my teacher, the visual representation of the answer does make sense. Relevant equations ...
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Appropriate order of the sources in the phase difference formula (Waves)

Please look at b). My teacher defines delta(x) to be x1-x2 and then says that phi naught of 1 =0. However, because she defined the difference to be "1"-"2", the phi naught difference should also be ...
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Intensity of Brightest Fringe of a multi-slit Diffraction

Let's say we have a multi-slit experiment with N slits.Since the central fringe has the most intensity, is there an equation to calculate the intensity of central fringe in terms of the intensity of ...
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What is the difference between diffraction and interference of light? [duplicate]

I know these two phenomena but I want to know a little deep explanation. What type of fringes are obtained in these phenomena?
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What the phase constant difference required for sources located at the same location?

Here is what my teacher wrote on her notes: Let's say there are two speakers located at x=0m emitting sound waves of same $\omega$ and same A. PHASE CONSTANT DIFFERENCES If A < A'<2A: there is ...
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What will happen if two photons collide perpendicularly? [closed]

Suppose there is an object placed at (-1,0) on x-axis. A light ray coming from it is observed by an observer somewhere on positive x-axis. In addition, a second object is placed somewhere on y-axis. ...
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Are double-slit patterns really due to wave-like interference?

According to various sources on the web, it seems like the general concensus is that there isn't actually any wave-particle duality with quantum particles. For example, this article implies that ...
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Coherent sources for interference

Regular interference pattern can be observed if the two wave sources are coherent. Two sources are coherent if they have the same frequency and constant phase difference. Could someone please ...
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Can various wavelengths participate in C/D Interference?

My question is can multiple wavelengths or at least two different wavelengths interfere with one another? I know that they usually have to be the 'same' wavelength, but you'd think they can vary a bit ...
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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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Why does a wave actually diffract?

I know that waves diffract around a slit and this is due to the Huygens-Fresnel principle. But I never understand this in an intuitive wave that why does a wave become a spherical wave front at the ...
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Interference and energy question here

So Im reading this material on interference and I noted the following sentence : During the interference of the light of two coherent light sources,the intensity of the radiation changes ...
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Experiment demonstrating interference patterns of neutrons

The question is about experiments (and references) that demonstrate interference patterns of neutral (chargless) particles (fermions), especially neutrons. Like double-slit experiments for neutrons ...
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2-slit experiment

In the 2-slit experiment, is it possible to "account" for all of the energy in the incoming beam - i.e. does all of the incoming energy show up in the bright spots or is some of it "destroyed" when ...
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Why did we see intereference from a single point source?

In class we were doing an experiment where an agitator was used to create spherical waves on a ripple tank. I noticed that when using only a single paddle (so a single point source) that you could see ...
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Distance between Newton's Rings fringes is does not seem linear

On the outer edges of Newton Ring patterns, the fringes are really close together, and much more uneven. Also, the spacing does not seem to decrease linearly at all as you move from the center. Why is ...