Thursday, September 14, 2017

Exotic Photon Trajectories in Quantum Mechanics



Jim and Randy discuss strange trajectories observed in triple slit experiments with metallic plates. Photons seem to pass through one slit, come back through the middle slit, and out the third due to their interactions with surface plasmons. There are implications in this experiment about the way in which wavefunctions need to be interpreted in non-relativistic quantum mechanics.

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Notes:

1. The paper we read for this program: Exotic looped trajectories of photons in three-slit interference by MagaƱa-Loaiza, et al. [arXiv]

2. Our subreddit.