Neutron Matter Wave Quantum Optics

Foundations of Physics 42 (6):760-777 (2012)

Abstract
Neutron matter-wave optics provides the basis for new quantum experiments and a step towards applications of quantum phenomena. Most experiments have been performed with a perfect crystal neutron interferometer where widely separated coherent beams can be manipulated individually. Various geometric phases have been measured and their robustness against fluctuation effects has been proven, which may become a useful property for advanced quantum communication. Quantum contextuality for single particle systems shows that quantum correlations are to some extent more demanding than classical ones. In this case entanglement between external and internal degrees of freedom offers new insights into basic laws of quantum physics. Non-contextuality hidden variable theories can be rejected by arguments based on the Kochen-Specker theorem
Keywords Neutron interferometry  Neutron optics  Quantum experiments  Contextuality  Kochen-Specker  Hadron interferometry
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DOI 10.1007/s10701-011-9569-9
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