Quantum Erasure: Quantum Interference Revisited

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Walborn, Stephen P.; Cunha, Marcelo O. Terra; Pádua, Sebastião; Monken, Carlos H.;
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    arxiv: Quantum Physics

Recent experiments in quantum optics have shed light on the foundations of quantum physics. Quantum erasers - modified quantum interference experiments - show that quantum entanglement is responsible for the complementarity principle.
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    [1] For a terrific discussion of quantum interference before the quantum eraser see The Feynman Lectures on Physics, Richard Phillips Feynman, Robert B. Leighton and Matthew L. Sands, (Addison-Wesley, Reading, Mass 1965).

    [2] For the Einstein-Bohr dialogues, Wheeler's delayed choice and other seminal papers on the Quantum Theory see Quantum Theory and Measurement, John Archibald Wheeler and Wojciech Hubert Zurek eds., (Princeton University Press, 1983).

    [3] The Scully-Englert-Walther quantum eraser proposal is given in: M. O. Scully, B. G. Englert, and H. Walther, “Quantum Optical Tests of Complementarity”, Nature 351, 111 (1991).

    [4] To find out more about quantum optics and quantum erasure see Quantum Optics, Marlan O. Scully and M. Suhail Zubairy, (Cambridge University Press, 1997).

    [5] A more detailed technical description of our quantum eraser is given in: S. P. Walborn, M. O. Terra Cunha, S. P´adua and C. H. Monken, “Double-slit quantum eraser”, Phys. Rev. A 65, 033818 (2002).

    [6] For the foundations of quantum mechanics see Quantum Theory: Concepts and Methods, Asher Peres, (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 1995).

    [7] To learn more about quantum computation and quantum information see Quantum Computation and Quantum Information, Michael A. Nielson and Isaac L. Chuang, (Cambridge University Press, 2000).

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