A Common Fallacy in Quantum Mechanics: Why Delayed Choice Experiments do NOT imply Retrocausality

18 Pages Posted: 8 Dec 2011 Last revised: 15 Mar 2012

Date Written: December 5, 2011

Abstract

There is a very common fallacy, here called the separation fallacy, that is involved in the interpretation of quantum experiments involving a certain type of separation such as the: double-slit experiments, which-way interferometer experiments, polarization analyzer experiments, Stern-Gerlach experiments, and quantum eraser experiments. It is the separation fallacy that leads not only to flawed textbook accounts of these experiments but to flawed inferences about retrocausality in the context of "delayed choice" versions of separation experiments.

Keywords: quantum mechanics, double-slit experiment, polarization analyzer

JEL Classification: Z00

Suggested Citation

Ellerman, David, A Common Fallacy in Quantum Mechanics: Why Delayed Choice Experiments do NOT imply Retrocausality (December 5, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1968727 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1968727

David Ellerman (Contact Author)

University of Ljubljana ( email )

School of Social Science
Ljubljana, CA
Slovenia

HOME PAGE: http://www.ellerman.org

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