The two-slit interferometer reexamined

Sudarshan, E. C. G. ; Rothman, Tony (1991) The two-slit interferometer reexamined American Journal of Physics, 59 (7). pp. 592-595. ISSN 0002-9505

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It is shown that the standard exposition of the two-slit diffraction experiment is incorrect because it treats the interference as arising from the photon wave function ψ, whereas the interference is really between coherent states of the field, which do not correspond to single-photon states. Several other misconceptions are pointed out.

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Keywords:Quantum Mechanics; Amplitudes; Light Diffraction; Light Interference; Wave Functions; Coherent States; Photons
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