I'm playing this "Quantum Game":
I'm not an expert physicist but I'd like to get more understanding of quantum mechanics. The game has helped with that. I'm on level 22, and the screen looks like this:
The objects are:
- orange/gray bars: simple mirrors, which reflect the photon
- light blue bar: a 50/50 beam splitter
- thing in the top row: photon detector
- the other thing: photo emitter
If you run the simulation, some of the particle/wave will get caught in a mirror loop, while some will escape and bounce to the detector.
Is there a limit to how long the photon can get stuck in the loop, or is it always a 50% chance it will escape at each contact with the beam splitter? In that case, it would mean you could fire the photon and possibly detect it a long time later.