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Question about reaction

  1. Apr 26, 2015 #1
    We got a light source and the light comes through a slit in a plate. A photon passes through the slit and ends up somewhere on a screen not in the straight direction due to diffraction. The question is, in quantum physics, does the plate feel the reaction of the photon deflection (1) at the time it passes through the hole or (2) at the time it reaches the screen?
    (1)If the reaction happens at time the photon passes through the hole, then, we could, with a very light plate, measure the reaction force to an arbitrary precision. And we know the error in position, it's the same as the slit width. What will stop us from measuring the reaction to a high precision, so that heisenberg uncertainity principle is obeyed?
    (2)If the reaction happens when the photon reaches the screen, then, by having two screens, we can open one sometimes so that the light goes further, to the second. And when it's closed, it'll go closer distance. So then, we can send information at a speed greater than the speed of light from the screens back to the plate by measuring it's reaction.
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  3. Apr 26, 2015 #2
    Presumably the plate is light so it will move? If it moves are you sure you know where the particle is?
  4. Apr 26, 2015 #3


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    I ve to say 1) seems valid to me but then again it breaks down uncertainty.

    But i am lost about 2) can someone explain how is it possible that the reaction happens when the photon reaches the screen and how we are able to send information with speed greater than c?
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