Again about an Old Stuff: The Aharonov- Bohm “Effect”

  • A. Loinger
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSB, volume 144)


The following quotations have been selected from writings of theoretical physicists, which have been published in the Proceedings of the International Symposium on Foundations of Quantum Mechanics in the Light of New Technology (Physical Society of Japan — Tokyo, 1983). They are beautiful examples of idées fixes, deriving from ignorance of fundamental concepts of quantum theory.


Magnetic Flux Schrodinger Equation Continuity Requirement Total Magnetic Flux Leakage Field 
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  1. 1.
    One could object that if the initial wave-packet is spatially restricted to a small domain, the anomaly φ must be correspondingly restricted, say, between zero and some small value ε. This objection is not physically relevant, because — owing to a well-known basic property of Schrodinger equation — after an arbitrarily small time interval, the wave-packet is diffused in the whole space. (The discontinuity of φ at 2 π does not destroy the rotational symmetry of the problem, since the position of the polar axis is, of course, arbitrary).Google Scholar
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    Cf., e.g., M. Kretzschmar: Z. Physik, 185, 84 (1965). For a detailed criticism of the AB propagator,ADSMATHCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    see P. Bocchieri and A. Loinger: Nuovo Cimento A, 66, 164 (1981).MathSciNetADSCrossRefGoogle Scholar
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    See the communication by P. Bocchieri.Google Scholar
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    G. Möllenstedt etal.: Proc. Int. Congress on Electron Microscopy (Hamburg, 1982), Vol. 1 p. 433.Google Scholar
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    A. Tonomura et al.: Proc. Int. Symp. on Foundations of Quantum Mechanics (Tokyo, 1983), p. 20, and the preprint “Observation of Aharonov-Bohm effect using shielded toroidal magnets”.Google Scholar
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© Plenum Press, New York 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. Loinger
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  1. 1.Dipartimento di Fisica dell’Università – MilanoMilanoItaly

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