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Pairs Rule Quantum Interference

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Science  23 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5990, pp. 396-397
DOI: 10.1126/science.1192624

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Quantum interference is one of the most mysterious features of quantum mechanics. In fact, Feynman referred to the double-slit interference experiment for single particles as the “only” mystery in quantum mechanics (1). On page 418 of this issue, Sinha et al. (2) describe a recent experiment that shows that quantum interference from a single photon arises only from pairs of possible paths through an interferometer. There is no need to invoke additional interference terms that might arise from interactions of three or more paths.