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Would constructive interference still happen if no mirror at confluence point

  1. Oct 27, 2011 #1
    Subject: Would constructive interference still happen if the second half-silvered mirror was moved slightly down, vertically? in a Mach Zehnder (as long as there is no phase difference between the two paths/beams/"split photons"

    Details:

    In the Mach Zehnder as in the link below,

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mach%E2%80%93Zehnder_interferometer" [Broken]

    if we were to move the second half silvered mirror a bit lower (in such a way that there still is no phase difference in the two beams) would there still be constructive interference?

    in other words

    would there still be constructive interference even if there was no mirror at the point where the two paths meet (as long as there is no phase difference between the two paths)?
     
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