Started by aileron, June 30, 2014, 10:46:55 PM
QuoteIn a groundbreaking experiment, the Paris researchers used the droplet setup to demonstrate single- and double-slit interference. They discovered that when a droplet bounces toward a pair of openings in a damlike barrier, it passes through only one slit or the other, while the pilot wave passes through both. Repeated trials show that the overlapping wavefronts of the pilot wave steer the droplets to certain places and never to locations in between â€" an apparent replication of the interference pattern in the quantum double-slit experiment that Feynman described as â€œimpossible â€¦ to explain in any classical way.â€ And just as measuring the trajectories of particles seems to â€œcollapseâ€ their simultaneous realities, disturbing the pilot wave in the bouncing-droplet experiment destroys the interference pattern.
Quote from: Aroura33 on July 01, 2014, 12:46:47 AMOk, so what I'm getting out of this, as a layman, is that if the Pilot Wave theory is correct (and this experiment isn't proof, just some interesting evidence on the macro scale), it means that quantum weirdness is NOT random, it is just that we cannot measure the hidden variables because any attempt to do so messes up the experiment. This could mean that that there are predicable variables controlling QM, but we have no current method of observing them without disturbing them at the same time. Am I even close here?BTW Popeyes Pappy, thanks for the link! That video helped explain it in layman terms for me.
Quote from: aileron on July 01, 2014, 01:13:48 AMYou've got it, with one minor nuance. The main thing to change is "no current method" to "no method ever". The variables will remain forever hidden from us because of the uncertainty relations.
Quote from: Hakurei Reimu on July 01, 2014, 06:31:14 PMI don't see how pilot waves are any different than "whatever, the math works."