Colloquium

Neutron particles and neutron waves

Friday, 27 October 2017 12:00PM PDT
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Colloquium
 
Charles Clark
NIST, JQI
 
Neutron particles and neutron waves
 
Oct 27, 2017 at 12PM
 

Synopsis

I present a simple overview of the particle and wave properties of the neutron, with emphasis on their similarities to and differences from light. Neutron interferometry enables one to realize the quantum limit of the Young double slit experiment, when only one neutron is ever present in the interferometer. How can only one neutron go through both slits?  We have used neutron interferometry and holography to address some of the questions of structured waves of light and matter that have been studied recently with electrons, atoms and photons.