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Explaining the Double-Slit Experiment

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Moshe Wallace Callen, Shaul Sorek




In response to Orion and Laitman’s [1] explanation of the classic double-slit experiment of quantum mechanics, we propose an alternate explanation of that experiment by treating physical degrees of freedom as a conserved physical quantity, instead of referring to “vague terms” used in previous explanations, [1], that are not broadly applicable. Explanation in [1] refers to properties of groups of particles, even though the double-slit experiment’s results should address only to a single particle. By using physical degrees of freedom and the application of Hamilton’s principle, we obtain a single particle explanation of the double-slit experiment in terms of properties and via methods which apply equally in a quantum and a classical regime.


Hamilton’s Principle, Single Particle, Degrees of Freedom

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M. Callen and S. Sorek, "Explaining the Double-Slit Experiment," Journal of Modern Physics, Vol. 2 No. 1, 2011, pp. 30-35. doi: 10.4236/jmp.2011.21006.

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