Young's Double-Slit Interferometry within an Atom

Michael W. Noel and C. R. Stroud, Jr., Institute of Optics, University of Rochester, Rochester, N.Y.

Young's double-slit interference is fundamental to our understanding of the coherence properties of any wave phenomenon. It has played a major role in the development of optical coherence theory. The quantum mechanical deBroglie waves described by Schrödinger's equation have coherence properties that can be studied in much the same way as optical waves.

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