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Pramana

, Volume 63, Issue 1, pp 51–56 | Cite as

Interfering with the neutron spin

  • Apoorva G. Wagh
  • Veer Chand Rakhecha
Article

Abstract

Charge neutrality, a spin 1/2 and an associated magnetic moment of the neutron make it an ideal probe of quantal spinor evolutions. Polarized neutron interferometry in magnetic field Hamiltonians has thus scored several firsts such as direct verification of Pauli anticommutation, experimental separation of geometric and dynamical phases and observation of non-cyclic amplitudes and phases. This paper provides a flavour of the physics learnt from such experiments.

Keywords

Neutron interferometry spinor Pauli anticommutation geometic phase non-cyclic evolution Pancharatnam connection neutron polarimetry 

PACS Nos

03.65.Bz 03.75.Dg 42.25.Hz 42.25.Ja 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2004

Authors and Affiliations

  • Apoorva G. Wagh
    • 1
  • Veer Chand Rakhecha
    • 1
  1. 1.Solid State Physics DivisionBhabha Atomic Research CentreMumbaiIndia

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