Volume 82, Number 4, May 2008
Article Number 40004
Number of page(s) 6
Section General
Published online 07 May 2008
EPL, 82 (2008) 40004
DOI: 10.1209/0295-5075/82/40004

Computer simulation of Wheeler's delayed-choice experiment with photons

S. Zhao1, S. Yuan1, H. De Raedt1 and K. Michielsen2

1  Department of Applied Physics, Zernike Institute for Advanced Materials, University of Groningen Nijenborgh 4, NL-9747 AG Groningen, The Netherlands, EU
2  EMBD - Vlasakker 21, B-2160 Wommelgem, Belgium, EU

received 7 December 2007; accepted in final form 24 March 2008; published May 2008
published online 7 May 2008

We present a computer simulation model of Wheeler's delayed-choice experiment that is a one-to-one copy of an experiment reported recently (JACQUES V. et al., Science, 315 (2007) 966). The model is solely based on experimental facts, satisfies Einstein's criterion of local causality and does not rely on any concept of quantum theory. Nevertheless, the simulation model reproduces the averages as obtained from the quantum-theoretical description of Wheeler's delayed-choice experiment. Our results prove that it is possible to give a particle-only description of Wheeler's delayed-choice experiment which reproduces the averages calculated from quantum theory and which does not defy common sense.

02.70.-c - Computational techniques; simulations.
03.65.-w - Quantum mechanics.

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