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The Quantum Divide: Why Schrödinger's Cat is Either Dead or Alive

Christopher C. Gerry and Kimberley M. Bruno

Abstract

Using a selection of key experiments performed over the past thirty years or so, this book presents a discussion of the strikingly counter-intuitive phenomena of the quantum world that defy explanation in terms of everyday ‘common sense’ reasoning, and it provides the corresponding quantum mechanical explanations with a very elementary use of associated formalism. Most, but certainly not all, of the experiments described are optical experiments involving a very small number of photons (particles of light). The book begins with experiments on the wave-particle duality of electrons, proceeds to ... More

Keywords: quantum mechanics, associated formalism, photon interference, wave-particle duality, electrons, light, delayed choice experiments, interaction-free detection, Bell's theorem

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199666560
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199666560.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher C. Gerry, author
Department of Physics, Lehman College, City University of New York

Kimberley M. Bruno, author
Vice Principal, Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design, Brooklyn, New York

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