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General complementarity and the double-prism experiment

Löfgren, Lars LU (1994) In Symposium on the foundations of modern physics 1994 p.154-156
Abstract
The interesting double-prism experiment of Ghose, Home, and Agarwal 5)

has been suggested 5, 8, 16, 7, 6) as a challenge to Bohr´s views of complementarity. With the linguistic complementarity 14) as a general notion of complementarity, we analyze Bohr´s views of complementarity. We find that a careful formulation of Bohr´s wave-particle complementarity, with an explicit characterization of measurability as a particular low-level kind of quantum theoretical inferribility, is in fact not confronted by the double-prism experiment. Much less is the outcome a challenge to Bohr´s primary

view of complementarity, namely as a tension between definability and observability in a quantum mechanical observation language.

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The interesting double-prism experiment of Ghose, Home, and Agarwal 5)

has been suggested 5, 8, 16, 7, 6) as a challenge to Bohr´s views of complementarity. With the linguistic complementarity 14) as a general notion of complementarity, we analyze Bohr´s views of complementarity. We find that a careful formulation of Bohr´s wave-particle complementarity, with an explicit characterization of measurability as a particular low-level kind of quantum theoretical inferribility, is in fact not confronted by the double-prism experiment. Much less is the outcome a challenge to Bohr´s primary

view of complementarity, namely as a tension between definability and observability in a quantum mechanical observation language.

This primary view of Bohr, which is visible already in his Como paper 1), is a

general formulation of quantum mechanical complementarity. Although it connects

well to the subsequent metamathematical development of the wider linguistic complementarity, as a tension between describability and interpretability in a language, it is today surprisingly seldom referred to in quantum mechanical texts. Rather, discussions of the role of complementarity for the interpretability problem for quantum theory tend to focus on Bohr´s view of complementarity in terms of phenomena, which he conceived in his later discussions with Einstein (and which appears less clear than

Bohr´s primary view of complementarity).

The hierarchical structuring of quantum theory which is suggested in our analysis of the double-prism experiment, and in the analysis of complementarity in terms of phenomena, is of interest also for the general interpretability problem for quantum theory, and for questions about a quantum mechanical reality. (Less)
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has been suggested 5, 8, 16, 7, 6) as a challenge to Bohr´s views of complementarity. With the linguistic complementarity 14) as a general notion of complementarity, we analyze Bohr´s views of complementarity. We find that a careful formulation of Bohr´s wave-particle complementarity, with an explicit characterization of measurability as a particular low-level kind of quantum theoretical inferribility, is in fact not confronted by the double-prism experiment. Much less is the outcome a challenge to Bohr´s primary<br/><br>
view of complementarity, namely as a tension between definability and observability in a quantum mechanical observation language.<br/><br>
This primary view of Bohr, which is visible already in his Como paper 1), is a<br/><br>
general formulation of quantum mechanical complementarity. Although it connects<br/><br>
well to the subsequent metamathematical development of the wider linguistic complementarity, as a tension between describability and interpretability in a language, it is today surprisingly seldom referred to in quantum mechanical texts. Rather, discussions of the role of complementarity for the interpretability problem for quantum theory tend to focus on Bohr´s view of complementarity in terms of phenomena, which he conceived in his later discussions with Einstein (and which appears less clear than<br/><br>
Bohr´s primary view of complementarity).<br/><br>
The hierarchical structuring of quantum theory which is suggested in our analysis of the double-prism experiment, and in the analysis of complementarity in terms of phenomena, is of interest also for the general interpretability problem for quantum theory, and for questions about a quantum mechanical reality.},
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  pages        = {154--156},
  series       = {Symposium on the foundations of modern physics 1994},
  title        = {General complementarity and the double-prism experiment},
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