Surrealistic Bohm Trajectories

Berthold-Georg Englert 1 , 2 , Marian O. Scully 3 , Georg Süssmann 1 , 2 ,  und Herbert Walther 1 , 2
  • 1 Sektion Physik, Universität München, Am Coulombwall 1, D-8046 Garching, Germany
  • 2 Max-Planck-Institut für Quantenoptik, Ludwig-Prandtl-Straße 10, W-8046 Garching
  • 3 Department of Physics, Texas A & M University, College Station, TX 77843-4242

Abstract

A study of interferometers with one-bit which-way detectors demonstrates that the trajectories, which David Bohm invented in his attempt at a realistic interpretation of quantum mechanics, are in fact surrealistic, because they may be macroscopically at variance with the observed track of the particle. We consider a two-slit interferometer and an incomplete Stern-Gerlach interferometer, and propose an experimentum crucis based on the latter.

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