19 May 2016 A proposed optical test for Popper's challenge to quantum mechanics
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We describe an optical configuration that is predicted to exhibit the behavior described by Popper in his challenge to conventional quantum mechanics. Popper rejected this behavior on the grounds that it was unphysical because it relied on observer knowledge as a causative agent. We offer an interpretation in which the behavior arises simply out of the mode properties of an entangled system. In this interpretation the observer knowledge reveals in which mode an excitation occurs, but does not affect future behavior as asserted by Popper. We also discuss the relation of our system to the quantum eraser.
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J. Reintjes, Mark Bashkansky, "A proposed optical test for Popper's challenge to quantum mechanics", Proc. SPIE 9873, Quantum Information and Computation IX, 987309 (19 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2222307; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2222307
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