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Testing Quantum Mechanics with an Ultra-Cold Particle Trap

Department of Quantum Science, Building 38a, Science Road, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
Academic Editor: Valeriy Sbitnev
Universe 2021, 7(4), 77; https://doi.org/10.3390/universe7040077
Received: 3 March 2021 / Revised: 21 March 2021 / Accepted: 21 March 2021 / Published: 24 March 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Foundations of Quantum Mechanics)
It is possible to empirically discriminate between the predictions of orthodox (i.e., Copenhagen) quantum theory and the de Broglie−Bohm theory of quantum mechanics. A practical experiment is proposed in which a single, laser-cooled ion inside an ultra-cold particle trap is either found to be near the trap’s walls or not. Detections of the former kind would support the prediction of orthodox quantum theory and of the latter kind would support the de Broglie−Bohm theory. The outcome of this experiment would show which theory gives the more correct description and, consequently, would have far-reaching implications for our understanding of quantum mechanics. View Full-Text
Keywords: quantum mechanics test; ultra-cold particle trap; evanescent light quantum mechanics test; ultra-cold particle trap; evanescent light
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