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When Photons Are Lying about Where They Have Been

Entropy 20(7)
Vaidman, L.Tsutsui, I. Raymond and Beverly Sackler School of Physics and Astronomy,
Tel-Aviv University,

Theory Center,
Institute of Particle and Nuclear Studies,
High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK),
Tsukuba, Japan
2018 Physics

The past of the photon in a nested Mach-Zehnder interferometer with an inserted Dove prism is analyzed. It is argued that the Dove prism does not change the past of the photon. Alonso and Jordan correctly point out that an experiment by Danan et al. demonstrating the past of the photon in nested interferometer will show different results when the Dove prism is inserted.

The reason, however, is not that the past is changed, but that the experimental demonstration becomes incorrect. The explanation of a signal from the place in which the photon was (almost) not present is given. Bohmian trajectory of the photon is specified.

The article was published in: Entropy 20(7): 538.

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This work was supported (in part) by the Fetzer Franklin Fund of the John E. Fetzer Memorial Trust.