The three - slit experiment


Sinha, U. (2008). The three - slit experiment. Perimeter Institute. https://pirsa.org/08090082


Sinha, Urbasi. The three - slit experiment. Perimeter Institute, Sep. 30, 2008, https://pirsa.org/08090082


          @misc{ pirsa_08090082,
            doi = {10.48660/08090082},
            url = {https://pirsa.org/08090082},
            author = {Sinha, Urbasi},
            keywords = {Quantum Foundations},
            language = {en},
            title = {The three - slit experiment},
            publisher = {Perimeter Institute},
            year = {2008},
            month = {sep},
            note = {PIRSA:08090082 see, \url{https://pirsa.org}}

Urbasi Sinha Raman Research Institute


In reference [1] R. D. Sorkin investigated a formulation of quantum mechanics as a generalized measure theory. Quantum mechanics computes probabilities from the absolute squares of complex amplitudes, and the resulting interference violates the (Kolmogorov) sum rule expressing the additivity of probabilities of mutually exclusive events.However, there is a higher order sum rule that quantum mechanics does obey, involving the probabilities of three mutually exclusive possibilities. We could imagine a yet more general theory by assuming that itviolates the next higher sum rule.An experiment is in progress in our laboratory which sets out to test the validity of this second sum rule by measuring the interference patterns produced by three slits and all the possible combinations of those slits being open or closed. We use either attenuated laser light or a heralded single photon source (using parametric down conversion) combined with single photon counting to confirm the single photon character of the measured light. We will show results that bound the possible violation of the second sum rule and will point out ways toobtain a tighter experimental bound.[1] R. D. Sorkin, Quantum Mechanics as Quantum Measure Theory,Mod. Phys. Lett. A 9, 3119 (1994).