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Title: Double-slit experiment at Fermi scale: Coherent photoproduction in heavy-ion collisions

Abstract

The double-slit experiment has become a classic thought experiment, for its clarity in expressing the central puzzle of quantum mechanics - wave-particle complementarity. Such wave-particle duality continues to be challenged and investigated in a broad range of entities with electrons, neutrons, helium atoms, C 60 fullerenes, Bose-Einstein condensates, and biological molecules. In this article, we present a double-slit scenario at Fermi scale with new entities - coherent photon products in heavy-ion collisions. Virtual photons from the electromagnetic fields of relativistic heavy ions can fluctuate to quark-antiquark pairs, scatter off a target nucleus and emerge as vector mesons. The two colliding nuclei can take turns to act as targets, forming a double-slit interference pattern. Furthermore, the "which-way" information can be partially solved by the violent hadronic interactions in the proposed scenario, which demonstrates a key concept of quantum mechanics - complementary principle.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [1];  [3];  [2]
  1. Univ. of Science and Technology of China, Hefei (China)
  2. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
  3. Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States); Shandong Univ., Jinan (China)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Brookhaven National Lab. (BNL), Upton, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Science (SC), Nuclear Physics (NP) (SC-26)
OSTI Identifier:
1527059
Alternate Identifier(s):
OSTI ID: 1562490
Report Number(s):
BNL-211881-2019-JAAM
Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985; PRVCAN
Grant/Contract Number:  
SC0012704
Resource Type:
Published Article
Journal Name:
Physical Review C
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 99; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 2469-9985
Publisher:
American Physical Society (APS)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
73 NUCLEAR PHYSICS AND RADIATION PHYSICS

Citation Formats

Zha, Wangmei, Ruan, L., Tang, Z., Xu, Z., and Yang, S. Double-slit experiment at Fermi scale: Coherent photoproduction in heavy-ion collisions. United States: N. p., 2019. Web. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.061901.
Zha, Wangmei, Ruan, L., Tang, Z., Xu, Z., & Yang, S. Double-slit experiment at Fermi scale: Coherent photoproduction in heavy-ion collisions. United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.061901.
Zha, Wangmei, Ruan, L., Tang, Z., Xu, Z., and Yang, S. Wed . "Double-slit experiment at Fermi scale: Coherent photoproduction in heavy-ion collisions". United States. doi:10.1103/PhysRevC.99.061901.
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author = {Zha, Wangmei and Ruan, L. and Tang, Z. and Xu, Z. and Yang, S.},
abstractNote = {The double-slit experiment has become a classic thought experiment, for its clarity in expressing the central puzzle of quantum mechanics - wave-particle complementarity. Such wave-particle duality continues to be challenged and investigated in a broad range of entities with electrons, neutrons, helium atoms, C60 fullerenes, Bose-Einstein condensates, and biological molecules. In this article, we present a double-slit scenario at Fermi scale with new entities - coherent photon products in heavy-ion collisions. Virtual photons from the electromagnetic fields of relativistic heavy ions can fluctuate to quark-antiquark pairs, scatter off a target nucleus and emerge as vector mesons. The two colliding nuclei can take turns to act as targets, forming a double-slit interference pattern. Furthermore, the "which-way" information can be partially solved by the violent hadronic interactions in the proposed scenario, which demonstrates a key concept of quantum mechanics - complementary principle.},
doi = {10.1103/PhysRevC.99.061901},
journal = {Physical Review C},
number = 6,
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
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