Review paper published

March 11, 2016 1:56 pm Published by

Finally our invited review paper in a Special Issue “Atom Interference” of the journal Atoms addressing weak measurements got published

The validity of quantum-mechanical predictions has been confirmed with a high degree of accuracy in a wide range of experiments. Although the statistics of the outcomes of a measuring apparatus have been studied intensively, little has been explored and is known regarding the accessibility of quantum dynamics. For these sorts of fundamental studies of quantum mechanics, interferometry using neutron matter-waves in particular, provides almost ideal experimental circumstances. In this device quantum interference between spatially separated beams occurs on a macroscopic scale. Recently, the full determination of weak-values of neutrons 1/2 – spin adds a new aspect to the study of quantum dynamics. Moreover, a new counter-intuitive phenomenon, called quantum Cheshire Cat, is observed in an interference experiment. In this article, we present an overview of these experiments.


Schematic illustration of a triple Laue (LLL) neutron interferometer experiment for a weak measurement of the spin operator


Artistic depiction of the quantum Cheshire Cat. Inside the interferometer, the Cat goes through the upper beam path, while its grin travels along the lower beam path.

S. Sponar, T. Denkmayr, H. Geppert, and Y. Hasegawa, Fundamental Features of Quantum Dynamics Studied in Matter-Wave Interferometry—Spin Weak Values and the Quantum Cheshire-Cat,  Atoms 4, 11 (2016).

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