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How the Quantum Eraser Rewrites the Past

What is Quantum Eraser experiment ?

In quantum mechanics, the quantum eraser experiment is an interferometer experiment that demonstrates several fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics, including quantum entanglement and complementarity. The quantum eraser experiment is a variation of Thomas Young’s classic double-slit experiment. It establishes that when action is taken to determine which of 2 slits a photon has passed through, the photon cannot interfere with itself. When a stream of photons is marked in this way, then the interference fringes characteristic of the Young experiment will not be seen. The experiment also creates situations in which a photon that has been “marked” to reveal through which slit it has passed can later be “unmarked.” A photon that has been “marked” cannot interfere with itself and will not produce fringe patterns, but a photon that has been “marked” and then “unmarked” will interfere with itself and produce the fringes characteristic of Young’s experiment.


Causality is meant to move in one direction: forward. But the Quantum Eraser experiment seems to reverse causality. How and why can this happen and what are the implications of this experiment on how we understand Quantum Mechanics and our greater universe?

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