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Event Number 3010

  Thursday, April 11th, 2013

Quantum Theory Seminar
A Common Fallacy in Quantum Mechanics: Why Delayed Choice Experiments do NOT imply Retrocausality
Time: 2:00 pm
Place: 5310 Chamberlin
Speaker: David Ellerman, UC-Riverside
Abstract: There is a common fallacy, here called the separation fallacy, that is involved in the interpretation of quantum experiments involving a certain type of separation such as the: double-slit experiments, which-way interferometer experiments, polarization analyzer experiments, Stern-Gerlach experiments, and quantum eraser experiments. It is the separation fallacy that leads not only to flawed textbook accounts of these experiments but to flawed inferences about retrocausality in the context of &quot;delayed choice&quot; versions of separation experiments.
Host: Huber
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