Degree Year

2005

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Physics and Astronomy

Advisor(s)

Stephen FitzGerald

Keywords

Photon, Waveplates, SPCM, Polarization, HWP

Abstract

The purpose of this investigation is to assemble an apparatus capable of testing Bell’s inequality for a local hidden variable. The historical context and theoretical developments that led to this area of inquiry are presented. Expected experimental results stemming from two distinct physical theories are introduced. Procedures are given that outline the assembly of a device capable of testing these theories. Analysis confirming the successful completion of a majority of the steps is presented, and the final necessary steps are detailed. Finally, a laboratory prompt for this experiment’s use in Oberlin College’s advanced laboratory class is given.

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Physics Commons

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