Originally posted by tgidkp
so now i will throw you a fish: care to explain how each and every little one-at-a-time photon "knows" how to generate the interference pattern in
the double-slit experiment?
First of all there is a difference between the double slit; Shooting exactly 1 photon, and bringing superposition into the mix by saying the photon
goes through both slits, or that it only goes through one slit for sure, but since we dont know what slit it goes through when we are not observing
(obviously, I dont know how many fingers you are holding behind the back when im not observing them), when we do observe there is no interference
pattern, because the detector used for observation, is the 'observer' that 'collapses' the wave function and forces the photon to go in an exact slit.
I dont know exactly why this occurs, but all the explanations ive heard are related to the fact that any of our means of detection requires as
reflecting light off an object, and then receiving that light and interpreting it (radar,sonar,x rays, cameras,microscopes). So when we do this to
try and observe the photon, this detector interacts with the environment in some manner, that causes the single photon (remember this is only single
photon experiment, not one after the other, just what happens with 1 photon) to go through 1 slit. like the entanglement scenario, I would assume
that whether we detect or not the single photon travels through one slit.
I admit I dont know much about the nature of photons and space. Is it thought that when the photon creator, creates a photon, the photon is like a
bullet, or from the point of creation, is it like a wave, so like the creation of the photon would be like dropping a stone, and the ripples wold
travel outward towards the slit (well ripple non plural would be a photon?)
anyway. Bunch of photons fired, I would expect bunch of ripples, like frequencies of vibrations, or moving your hand in water at different speeds, or
if youve seen those videos of sand being vibrated at different frequencies, and so certain intervals would create harmonies, and certain frequencies
would create interference.
So 1 photon, I dont see how it could ever create an interference pattern, if its the only thing, unless it is a wave that takes up longitudinally a
length longer then the distance between the slits, and the slits broke the wave, and then the two waves interacted.
photons one after another (even though im not sure what is meant, one after the other created as in a million every second?) photons are said to not
be able to act with one another, so this is another hurdle in my understanding with this situation...
Well I was hoping to answer this a lot successfully snakier so I could have said "I hope you like your fish well done" or "consider your fish fried"..
But I still think I brought up some key points, that I hope you can address, and im looking forward to your response.
One more thing. Id like for you to define photon in this manner. We have a photon creator (a gun looking thing) in a vacuum sealed box, with a
double slit in front of it, and then the boxes wall behind. The only way to truly understand and imagine the scope of the dilemma, is to ponder what
im about to ask. Imagine that you are pure mind/spirit/god (nothing exists just the laws of physics as they are and that vacuum box set up), and you
can see every plancks length space in that box, and im outside the box with a remote control, that when I press the remote control the gun will create
a photon. In this scenario your mind is also like a remote control, though it is master over time, every instance of time that exists (change in a
system, change of energy) is viewable by you, so I press the button and you watch a photon created in the slowest motion possible, the slowest frame
rate, step by step, everything that physically occurs for a photon to be created. What are you viewing? what is going on? in that gun, at the tip of
that gun, and every possible step from the tip of the gun, to the photon interacting with the most immediate space at the tip of the gun, and
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