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Double slit experiment - quick question

  1. Jul 17, 2008 #1
    Has anyone heard of anyone trying to conduct the double slit experiment with a barrier between the two slits that goes all the way or near the detector?
    If it could be done maybe it would be interesting to see the result.
    It may answer the question if the photon (or electron) is interferring with itself (or is it going through both slits at the same time).

    The barrier may prevent interferrence. If you still see the interferrence pattern, then maybe you could derive that the particle is going through both slit.
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  3. Jul 18, 2008 #2

    James R

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    I don't think you'd see an interference pattern in that case. The barrier between the slits would prevent the interference occurring.
  4. Jul 18, 2008 #3

    Andy Resnick

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    Introducing a barrier changes the experiment entirely. The whole point of interference experiments is that the waves propogate in *free space*. You no longer have free space.
  5. Jul 18, 2008 #4
    Hey Net, if you are really interested in bizarre consequences of a modified double-slit experiment, search Google for info on "quantum eraser"
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