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Simultaneous wave and particle knowledge in a neutron interferometer

City College of the City of New York, New York, NY 10031, USA
Physics Letters A (Impact Factor: 1.68). 04/1988; 128(8):391-394. DOI: 10.1016/0375-9601(88)90114-4

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We give a measure of particle knowledge in a neutron interferometer that reflects one's ability to predict in which beam a neutron is located. We can measure wave knowledge by contrast of the interference pattern. Then one's simultaneous knowledge of both is determined by a single parameter (not an uncertainty relation), running from full particle to full wave knowledge. We extend the discussion to partially coherent beams. Our measure of information is much simpler than the conventional one.

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    • "(Mohd Asad Siddiqui), tabish@ctp-jamia.res.in (Tabish Qureshi) acterizes the extent to which one can distinguish which of the two slits the particle passed through by a quantity D, and the visibility of the interference by V. Then the relation putting a bound on the two is given by the so-called Englert-Greenberger-Yasin (EGY) duality relation [3] [4] "
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    • "Much later, this principle was made quantitatively precise by deriving a bound on to what extent the two natures could be observered simultaneously, independently by Greenberger and Yasin[3] and Englert[4]. Here one characterizes the extent to which one can distinguish which of the two slits the particle passed through by a quantity D, and the visibility of the interference by V. Then the relation putting a bound on the two is given by the so-called Englert-Greenberger-Yasin (EGY) duality relation[3] [4] V 2 + D 2 ≤ 1. (1) "
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