Analysis of multipath interference in threeslit experiments
Abstract
It is demonstrated that the threeslit interference, as obtained from explicit solutions of Maxwell's equations for realistic models of threeslit devices, including an idealized version of the threeslit device used in a recent threeslit experiment with light [U. Sinha , Science SCIEAS0036807510.1126/science.1190545329, 418 (2010)], is nonzero. The hypothesis that the threeslit interference should be zero is the result of dropping the onetoone correspondence between the symbols in the mathematical theory and the different experimental configurations, opening the route to conclusions that cannot be derived from the theory proper. It is also shown that under certain experimental conditions, this hypothesis is a good approximation.
 Publication:

Physical Review A
 Pub Date:
 January 2012
 DOI:
 10.1103/PhysRevA.85.012101
 arXiv:
 arXiv:1103.0121
 Bibcode:
 2012PhRvA..85a2101D
 Keywords:

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 42.25.Hz;
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 Foundations of quantum mechanics;
 measurement theory;
 Interference;
 Classical electromagnetism Maxwell equations;
 Optical tests of quantum theory;
 Physics  Optics;
 Physics  Computational Physics;
 Quantum Physics
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