Loss of coherence in double-slit diffraction experiments

A.S. Sanz, F. Borondo, M.J. Bastiaans

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Abstract

By using optical models based on the theory of partially coherent light, and the quantum decoherence model proposed by Joos and Zeh [Z. Phys. B 59, 223 (1985)], we explore incoherence and decoherence in interference phenomena. The problem chosen to study is that of the double-slit diffraction experiment, a paradigmatic example in quantum mechanics. In particular, we perform an analysis of the experiment carried out with cold neutrons by Zeilinger et al. [Rev. Mod. Phys. 60, 1067 (1988).]
Original languageEnglish
Article number042103
Pages (from-to)042103-1/7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A : Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Volume71
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2005

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Loss of coherence in double-slit diffraction experiments. / Sanz, A.S.; Borondo, F.; Bastiaans, M.J.

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