How (micro)detector detects single photon interference at beam splitter

Vladan Pankovic
Arxiv ID: 1006.2253Last updated: 2/14/2023
In this work we theoretically suggest and consider a new realistic experiment of single photon interference at beam splitter where micro-detector of the photon trajectories is presented by a pair of distant identical atoms. It admits studying of the quantum entanglement between photon and detector (Schrodinger cat effect) and modeling of the detection procedure (collapse) by spontaneous unitary symmetry (superposition) breaking. (Practically, collapse can be considered as an especial case of the general formalism of spontaneous symmetry breaking.) Finally, the same model of the collapse is applied at detection of single photon interference by photo plate. It admits a simple solution of the quantum mechanics foundation problem.

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