I'm reading the double slit experiment (Cohen-Tannoudji chapter 1 - complement D) and it is said:(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

"We are going to consider Young's double slit experiment again to demonstrate how complementary and uncertainty relations are intimately related. Assume that the plate P, in which the slits are pierced, is mounted so that it can move vertically in the same plane. Consider a photon, its momentum changes when it crosses P. Conservation of momentum implies that the plate P absorbs the difference, but the momentum thus transferred to P depends on the path of the photon." Then the text demonstrates that the position of P is only known to within [tex]\Delta x>\frac{\lambda d}{a}[/tex] where a is the separation of the slits and d is the distance between P and the screen where the photon strikes.

Then the text says: "But [tex]\frac{\lambda d}{a}[/tex] is precisely the fringe separation we expect to find on the screen. If the vertical position of the slits is defined only to within an uncertainty greater than the fringe separation, it is impossible to observe the interference pattern."

I don't understand why I can't see the interference pattern... please help!!

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# Homework Help: Double slit experiment

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