Analysis of multipath interference in three-slit experiments

Hans De Raedt*, Kristel Michielsen, Karl Hess

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It is demonstrated that the three-slit interference, as obtained from explicit solutions of Maxwell's equations for realistic models of three-slit devices, including an idealized version of the three-slit device used in a recent three-slit experiment with light [U. Sinha et al., Science 329, 418 (2010)], is nonzero. The hypothesis that the three-slit interference should be zero is the result of dropping the one-to-one correspondence between the symbols in the mathematical theory and the different experimental configurations, opening the route to conclusions that cannot be derived from the theory proper. It is also shown that under certain experimental conditions, this hypothesis is a good approximation.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012101
Pages (from-to)012101-1-012101-7
Number of pages7
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 4-Jan-2012


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