Einstein-Bohr recoiling double-slit gedanken experiment performed at the molecular level

X. J. Liu, Q. Miao, F. Gel'Mukhanov, M. Patanen, O. Travnikova, C. Nicolas, H. Ågren, K. Ueda, C. Miron

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Double-slit experiments illustrate proof for wave-particle complementarity. The essence of Einstein-Bohr's debate about wave-particle duality was whether the momentum transfer between a particle and a recoiling slit could mark the path, thus destroying the interference. We realized this recoiling double-slit gedanken experiment by resonant X-ray photoemission from molecular oxygen for geometries near equilibrium (coupled slits) and in a dissociative state far away from equilibrium (decoupled slits). Interference is observed in the former case, while the electron momentum transfer quenches the interference in the latter case.

Original languageEnglish
Article number112063
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 7
Event29th International Conference on Photonic, Electronic and Atomic Collisions, ICPEAC 2015 - Toledo, Spain
Duration: 2015 Jul 222015 Jul 28

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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