Bouncing Drops - is there a relationship to Quantum Mechanics?
Mogens T. Levinsen, NBI



Some years ago Y. Couder and E. Fort published some investigations on liquid drops "walking" on a liquid surface. The drops surf on the wave they themselves have created, giving a kind of system with a particle on a guiding wave analogous to de Broglie's pilot wave theory of Quantum Mechanics. Several quantum-like behaviors of the drops as for instance tunneling have been observed and in 2006 Couder and Fort published a thought provoking paper claiming the existence of Q.M. like interference patterns in the for Quantum Mechanics crucial double-slit experiment. I will discuss our own attempts to reproduce the results claimed, which have completely failed, and give a critique of various shortcomings and the statistics involved in Couder and Fort's experiment.

Couder and Fort, Phys. Rev. Lett. 97, 154101 (2006).
Anders Andersen, Jacob Madsen, Christian Reichelt, Sonja Rosenlund Ahl, Benny Lautrup, Clive Ellegaard, Mogens T. Levinsen, and Tomas Bohr, PHYSICAL REVIEW E 92, 013006 (2015).

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