A double-slit experiment is analysed when the interfering particle has an internal structure and one endeavours to obtain ‘which path’ information by detecting the light that is spontaneously emitted. A compact expression is derived for the visibility of the interference pattern: coherence depends on both the spatial and temporal features of the emission process during the travel of the particle to the screen. A bound is set on the temperature of a fullerene molecule in a double-slit experiment in order that its quantum mechanical coherence be maintained.

Thermal decoherence in mesoscopic interference

FACCHI, PAOLO
2004

Abstract

A double-slit experiment is analysed when the interfering particle has an internal structure and one endeavours to obtain ‘which path’ information by detecting the light that is spontaneously emitted. A compact expression is derived for the visibility of the interference pattern: coherence depends on both the spatial and temporal features of the emission process during the travel of the particle to the screen. A bound is set on the temperature of a fullerene molecule in a double-slit experiment in order that its quantum mechanical coherence be maintained.
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