Philosophy enters the optics laboratory: Bell's theorem and its first experimental tests (1965–1982)

  title={Philosophy enters the optics laboratory: Bell's theorem and its first experimental tests (1965–1982)},
  author={Olival Jr. Freire},
  journal={Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics},
  • O. Freire
  • Published 2006
  • Physics
  • Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics
Abstract This paper deals with the ways that the issue of completing quantum mechanics was brought into laboratories and became a topic in mainstream quantum optics. It focuses on the period between 1965, when Bell published what we now call Bell's theorem, and 1982, when Aspect published the results of his experiments. Discussing some of those past contexts and practices, I show that factors in addition to theoretical innovations, experiments, and techniques were necessary for the flourishing… Expand
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