Authors: Eric S Reiter
A quantum mechanical particle should go one way or the other at a beam splitter. We test this notion using the 5.5 MeV alpha-ray (He++) emitted singly from Americium-241 in spontaneous decay, a thin gold foil beam-splitter, and two surface barrier detectors. Coincident detection should only occur by chance, at an easily calculated rate. However, the method at hand shows coincident pulse rates greatly exceeding chance. In most cases the pulse heights in the two detectors past the beam splitter will add to the full height of an un-split alpha-ray. One might think the alpha was split into components. However, the available kinetic energy is far below the binding energy threshold required to perform such a split in either helium or the gold. We conclude the alpha matter-wave was split like a wave, in violation of quantum mechanics. The degree above chance was found to be a function of the gold alloy.
Comments: 23 Pages. Available on author's unquantum.net website and at uspto.gov since 2008
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