The Born rule is at the foundation of quantum mechanics and transforms the classical understanding of probabilities by predicting that interference occurs between pairs of independent paths of a single object. One consequence of the Born rule is that three-way (or three-path) quantum interference does not exist. In order to test the consistency of the Born rule, we examine detection probabilities in three-path interference using an ensemble of spin-1/2 quantum registers in liquid state nuclear magnetic resonance. As a measure of the consistency, we evaluate the ratio of three-way interference to two-way interference. Our experiment bounded the ratio to the order of 10-3 ± 10-3, and hence it is consistent with Born's rule.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Physics and Astronomy(all)