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I am not a physicist, but I was wondering what observation led to the conclusion that a particle can be at two (or is it multiple) places at the same time?


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  • $\begingroup$ The double-slit experiment is a good place to start... $\endgroup$ – lemon Aug 8 '17 at 13:59
  • $\begingroup$ No measurement (eg clicks of a counter) has ever shown a single particle to be in more than one place. Its good to keep that in mind. $\endgroup$ – lalala Aug 8 '17 at 14:51
  • $\begingroup$ Can someone who's voted to close this question as unclear explain what is actually unclear here? $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Aug 8 '17 at 15:00
  • $\begingroup$ See also the wavefunction and the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. $\endgroup$ – Kyle Kanos Aug 8 '17 at 15:01

What do you mean by that "particles can be in more than one place at the same time?"

They cannot be so. Or, at least, no one has ever proved that happens, as far as I know. After a beam splitter, for instance, if you use a single photon you can consider it is using either one path or the other until you make a measurement. Then you find out which way did the photon really go through. In other words, particles do never use the two paths, but we usually say that it is as if they did so because until the measurement it is made, you can consider them to be in either one or in the other.

  • $\begingroup$ What is wrong with my answer? $\endgroup$ – ccorbella Aug 8 '17 at 15:10

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