Friday, March 22, 2013

1303.5281 (Giorgio Brida et al.)

Experimental Test of an Event-Based Corpuscular Model Modification as an
Alternative to Quantum Mechanics

Giorgio Brida, Ivo Pietro Degiovanni, Marco Genovese, Alan Migdall, Fabrizio Piacentini, Sergey V. Polyakov, Paolo Traina
We present the first experimental test that distinguishes between an event-based corpuscular model (EBCM) [H. De Raedt et al.: J. Comput. Theor. Nanosci. 8 (2011) 1052] of the interaction of photons with matter and quantum mechanics. The test looks at the interference that results as a single photon passes through a Mach-Zehnder interferometer [H. De Raedt et al.: J. Phys. Soc. Jpn. 74 (2005) 16]. The experimental results, obtained with a low-noise single-photon source [G. Brida et al.: Opt. Expr. 19 (2011) 1484], agree with the predictions of standard quantum mechanics with a reduced $\chi^2$ of 0.98 and falsify the EBCM with a reduced $\chi^2$ of greater than 20.
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