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Diffraction Vs Uncertanty

  1. May 30, 2013 #1
    I couldn't find this else where so i figured id ask it here.
    What is the relationship/difference between the two? To me diffraction just seems like a generalized and/or classical way to describe Heisenbergs Uncertainty principle.

    So question: Are the two phenomena the same thing?
     
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  3. May 30, 2013 #2

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    It is possible for things to be related without being the same.
    HUP is a statement about measurement statistics in general while diffraction is an emergent phenomenon.
    To see the difference, derive the 2-slit diffraction pattern from HUP.
     
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