Nonlocality of the Aharonov-Bohm effect

Yakir Aharonov, Eliahu Cohen, Daniel Rohrlich*

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Although the Aharonov-Bohm and related effects are familiar in solid-state and high-energy physics, the nonlocality of these effects has been questioned. Here we show that the Aharonov-Bohm effect has two very different aspects. One aspect is instantaneous and nonlocal; the other aspect, which depends on entanglement, unfolds continuously over time. While local, gauge-invariant variables may occasionally suffice for explaining the continuous aspect, we argue that they cannot explain the instantaneous aspect. Thus the Aharonov-Bohm effect is, in general, nonlocal.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042110
JournalPhysical Review A
Issue number4
StatePublished - 14 Apr 2016


FundersFunder number
German-Israeli Project Cooperation
John Templeton Foundation1190/13, 43297
European Research Council
Israel Science Foundation1311/14


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