A N Basu
Articles written in Pramana – Journal of Physics
Volume 52 Issue 4 April 1999 pp 351-358
According to Bohr’s complementarity principle, two distinct types of complementarity exist-one of complementary variables and other in the so-called wave-particle complementarity experiments. Some authors have claimed that mutual exclusiveness (ME) in both the cases arise due to uncertainty principle and have analysed the second type in terms of Fourier space analysis and consequent putative “momentum kick” distribution. Some others, on the other hand, have identified the collapse hypothesis as the actual quantum mechanical principle responsible for ME in the interferometry experiments. In this paper the momentum space analysis is thoroughly examined vis-a-vis the general quantum mechanical description in terms of the changes in the wave function. It is argued that such alternative explanations are not in full conformity with the strict quantum mechanical description.