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    Quote Originally Posted by ygolo View Post
    The double-slit interference pattern is fundamental to waves. Attributing the resulting pattern to "measurement error" is quite a stretch (measurement has a dramatic effect, certainly, but that dramatic effect is not an "error"). The experiment is actually pretty convincing evidence that the particles were "behaving like waves" , because the interference pattern is exactly what would be produced by waves.
    Today we can do the double slit experiment one photon at a time. And we find that each photon acts as a particle but that the spread of the particles takes the shape of a wave.

    So the physical reality is a particle and the statistical reality is a wave.

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    The whole point about quantum mechanics is that reality is described neither by classical particle or wave mechanics, but only by quantum mechanics.

    Single photons interfere with themselves in a wave-like manner and that is simply not possible in classical model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    The whole point about quantum mechanics is that reality is described neither by classical particle or wave mechanics, but only by quantum mechanics.

    Single photons interfere with themselves in a wave-like manner and that is simply not possible in classical model.
    With the measurement of single photons we now know that single photons don't interfere with themselves in a wave like manner. Rather the single photons together form a wave pattern, which can be predicted statistically.

    So we now know the answer to the question, is it a wave or a particle? And the answer is that it is a particle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Victor View Post
    With the measurement of single photons we now know that single photons don't interfere with themselves in a wave like manner. Rather the single photons together form a wave pattern, which can be predicted statistically.
    Only if you interpret the results in classical way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catbert View Post
    Only if you interpret the results in classical way.
    It's not a question of interpretation for each photon can be shot singly and recorded singly. And there is no actual wave. The wave is purely statistical.

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