kevin cooper Posted October 29, 2014 Share Posted October 29, 2014 Hello, everyone. I just signed on to this site because of my interest in astronomy and physics. My comprehension of both involves limited math; I simply want to gain a basic understanding of the universe I inhabit. My current interest involves the double slit experiment, specifically how the particle detectors work. At the risk of sounding like an idiot, and without ever actually seeing any of this equipment, I had envisioned the detector acting something like a police radar gun with a field or beam that the particle(atom) would interrupt as it passes, thus being DETECTED. It is my understanding that the atom behaves like a wave until it is observed, at which point it acts like a particle. Does the detector cause the atom to collapse, or shrink into a point of energy that is otherwise spread out? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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