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    27 Nov '13 11:502 edits
    http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/nov/26/physicists-ask-photons-where-have-you-been

    Now that is bizarre!

    But can anyone here give a self-consistent interpretation of that experimental result that doesn't imply that a photon interacted with a mirror without entering or exiting it?

    And, is it possible to give a self-consistent interpretation of that experimental result that implies that a single photon can both enter and exit every mirror there!
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    27 Nov '13 12:59
    Originally posted by humy
    http://physicsworld.com/cws/article/news/2013/nov/26/physicists-ask-photons-where-have-you-been

    Now that is bizarre!

    But can anyone here give a self-consistent interpretation of that experimental result that doesn't imply that a photon interacted with a mirror without entering or exiting it?

    And, is it possible to give a self-consistent interpretation ...[text shortened]... ntal result that implies that a single photon can both enter and exit every mirror there!
    I believe the experimental results are consistent with quantum mechanics and as expected not consistent with assuming that photons are waves or particles - hence the use of the word 'bizarre'.
    Quantum phenomena are wave-like and particle like but they are neither, and it is a mistake to think they are one or the other.