Journal article

Observation of 2π rotations by Fresnel diffraction of neutrons

AG Klein, GI Opat

Physical Review Letters | Published : 1976


We report on the first observation of Fresnel diffraction of a beam of unpolarized slow neutrons by individual ferromagnetic domain boundaries. The observed occurrence of destructive interference in the experiment demonstrates that the phase of a spinor wave function changes by a factor of - 1 when the particle described by that wave function is rotated by an odd multiple of 2π radians. © 1976 The American Physical Society.

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