When photons are lying about where they have been

Lev Vaidman, Izumi Tsutsui

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The history of photons in a nested Mach-Zehnder interferometer with an inserted Dove prism is analyzed. It is argued that the Dove prism does not change the past of the photon. Alonso and Jordan correctly point out that an experiment by Danan et al. demonstrating the past of the photon in a nested interferometer will show different results when the Dove prism is inserted. The reason, however, is not that the past is changed, but that the experimental demonstration becomes incorrect. The explanation of a signal from the place in which the photon was (almost) not present is given. Bohmian trajectory of the photon is specified.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
Number of pages11
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2018


  • Dove prism
  • Mach-Zehnder interferometer
  • Past of the photon
  • Photon trajectory


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