Research Papers in Physics and Astronomy

 

ORCID IDs

Herman Batelaan

Date of this Version

2007

Citation

Physical Review Letters (2007) 99: 210401.

Comments

Copyright 2007, American Physical Society. Used by permission.

Abstract

The Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect is a purely quantum mechanical effect. The original (classified as Type-I) AB-phase shift exists in experimental conditions where the electromagnetic fields and forces are zero. It is the absence of forces that makes the ABeffect entirely quantum mechanical. Although the AB-phase shift has been demonstrated unambiguously, the absence of forces in Type-I AB-effects has never been shown. Here, we report the observation of the absence of time delays associated with forces of the magnitude needed to explain the AB-phase shift for a macroscopic system.

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