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On the quantum theory of diffraction by an aperture and the Fraunhofer diffraction at large angles

Abstract : A theoretical model of diffraction based on the concept of quantum measurement is presented. It provides a general expression of the state vector of a particle after its passage through an aperture of any shape in a plane screen (diaphragm). This model meets the double requirement of compatibility with the Huygens-Fresnel principle and with the kinematics of the particle-diaphragm interaction. This led to assume that the diaphragm is a device for measuring the three spatial coordinates of the particle and that the transition from the initial state (incident wave) to the final state (diffracted wave) consists of two specific projections which occur successively in a sequence involving a transitional state. In the case of the diffraction at infinity (Fraunhofer diffraction), the model predicts the intensity of the diffracted wave over the whole angular range of diffraction (0 ∘ - 90 ∘ ). The predictions of the quantum model and of the theories of Fresnel-Kirchhoff (FK) and Rayleigh-Sommerfeld (RS1 and RS2) are close at small diffraction angles but significantly different at large angles, a region for which specific experimental studies are lacking. A measurement of the particle flow intensity in this region should make it possible to test the FK and RS1-2 theories and the suggested quantum model.
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Bernard Fabbro. On the quantum theory of diffraction by an aperture and the Fraunhofer diffraction at large angles. 2019. ⟨cea-01823747v2⟩



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