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Foundations of Physics

, Volume 43, Issue 8, pp 913–922 | Cite as

Practical Implementation of a Test of Event-Based Corpuscular Model as an Alternative to Quantum Mechanics

  • Sergey V. Polyakov
  • Fabrizio Piacentini
  • Paolo Traina
  • Ivo P. DegiovanniEmail author
  • Alan Migdall
  • Giorgio Brida
  • Marco Genovese
Article

Abstract

We describe in detail the first experimental test that distinguishes between an event-based corpuscular model 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. The experimental results, obtained with a low-noise single-photon source, agree with the predictions of standard quantum mechanics.

Keywords

Single photons Parametric down-conversion Foundations of quantum mechanics Local realism tests 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union on the basis of Decision No. 912/2009/EC (project IND06-MIQC), by MIUR FIRB RBFR10YQ3H (Lichis), RBFR10VZUG (Thermalskin) and RBFR10UAUV (Diamante), and by Compagnia di San Paolo. S.V.P. and A.M. acknowledge partial support from the NSF Physics Frontier Center at the Joint Quantum Institute.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergey V. Polyakov
    • 1
  • Fabrizio Piacentini
    • 2
  • Paolo Traina
    • 2
  • Ivo P. Degiovanni
    • 2
    Email author
  • Alan Migdall
    • 1
  • Giorgio Brida
    • 2
  • Marco Genovese
    • 2
  1. 1.Joint Quantum InstituteNIST and UMDGaithersburgUSA
  2. 2.Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca MetrologicaTorinoItaly

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