Two-slit diffraction with highly charged particles: Niels Bohr's consistency argument that the electromagnetic field must be quantized.

@article{Baym2009TwoslitDW,
  title={Two-slit diffraction with highly charged particles: Niels Bohr's consistency argument that the electromagnetic field must be quantized.},
  author={Gordon Baym and Tomoki Ozawa},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  year={2009},
  volume={106 9},
  pages={3035-40}
}
We analyze Niels Bohr's proposed two-slit interference experiment with highly charged particles which argues that the consistency of elementary quantum mechanics requires that the electromagnetic field must be quantized. In the experiment a particle's path through the slits is determined by measuring the Coulomb field that it produces at large distances; under these conditions the interference pattern must be suppressed. The key is that, as the particle's trajectory is bent in diffraction by… CONTINUE READING

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