Proving an aspect of the AB effect: when Newton's Third Law doesn't wo
Date: Tuesday, December 04, 2007 @ 23:38:15 MST

By Miranda Marquit

One of the interesting phenomena present in quantum mechanics is the Aharonov-Bohm (AB) effect. The AB effect predicts that a charged particle, usually an electron in experiments, shows effects from electromagnetic fields in regions where the particle is excluded. This leads to the interesting fact that, in electromagnetism, Newton’s Third Law of Motion doesn’t always hold true.

Herman Batelaan explains to “If you want to move anything in the world around you, you need forces. But in the Aharonov-Bohm effect, the electron reacts without any forces. There is no force, but something happens.”

Batelaan, a scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln oversaw an experiment done by graduate student, Adam Caprez, and Brett Barwick to demonstrate the absence of forces in the AB effect. A description of the experiment, and their results, is available in Physical Review Letters: “Macroscopic Test of the Aharonov-Bohm Effect.” ...

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