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Dual particle and dual double slit interference

  1. Aug 11, 2012 #1
    In short the question I am trying to answer is:

    1. do the "waves-functions" from separate particle interfere?

    2. do the Schrodinger equations predict the interference pattern caused by the interference of the "wave functions" of two separate particles?

    The above question is illustrated/clarified below in the form of an experimental setup:

    we have two double slits placed side by side and a particle for each of the double slits travelling at same time.

    lets say we have an experimental setup where we have a single particle (photon/electron) headed for double slits (labelled A1 & A2).

    Now we create another double slit setup exactly similar as above. The double slits, in this case, are labelled B1 & B2.

    We start bringing the double slits close to each other. close enough that the "wave function" emerging from, say, A2 can interfere with the "wave function" emerging from, say, B1.

    Case 1: the single particle headed for double slits A1 and A2 is a photon
    the single particle headed for double slits B1 and B2 is also a photon

    Case 2: Case 1: the single particle headed for double slits A1 and A2 is a photon
    the single particle headed for double slits B1 and B2 is an electron
     
    Last edited: Aug 11, 2012
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