Neutron Interferometry

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant
  • Jean Dalibard
Part of the Advanced Texts in Physics book series (ADTP)


In the late 1970s, Overhauser and his collaborators realized several neutron interference experiments which are of fundamental importance in quantum mechanics, and which settled debates which had started in the 1930s. We study in this chapter two of these experiments, aiming to measure the influence on the interference pattern (i) of the gravitational field and (ii) of a 2π rotation of the neutron wave function.


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  1. A.W. Overhauser, A.R. Collela, and S.A. Werner, Phys. Rev. Lett., 33, 1237 (1974); 34, 1472 (1975); 35, 1053 (1975).Google Scholar
  2. See also D. Greenberger and A.W. Overhauser, Scientific American, May 1980.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jean-Louis Basdevant
    • 1
  • Jean Dalibard
    • 2
  1. 1.Département de PhysiqueEcole PolytechniquePalaiseau CedexFrance
  2. 2.Département de Physique, Laboratoire Kastler BrosselEcole Normale SupérieureParis Cedex 05France

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