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A proposed optical test for Popper's challenge to quantum mechanics
Author(s): J. Reintjes; Mark Bashkansky
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Paper Abstract

We describe an optical configuration that is predicted to exhibit the behavior described by Popper in his challenge to conventional quantum mechanics. Popper rejected this behavior on the grounds that it was unphysical because it relied on observer knowledge as a causative agent. We offer an interpretation in which the behavior arises simply out of the mode properties of an entangled system. In this interpretation the observer knowledge reveals in which mode an excitation occurs, but does not affect future behavior as asserted by Popper. We also discuss the relation of our system to the quantum eraser.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2016
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 9873, Quantum Information and Computation IX, 987309 (19 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222307
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J. Reintjes, Sotera Defense Solutions (United States)
Mark Bashkansky, Naval Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9873:
Quantum Information and Computation IX
Eric Donkor; Michael Hayduk, Editor(s)

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