Abstract

We describe a nonstationary field interferometer, a device for measuring interference among particle Feynman paths that arise from an externally driven stochastic scattering process. Bose–Einstein photon correlations are found to arise from a uniform distribution of the driving noise. A quantum visibility theory valid for any excitation noise distribution is given. The results are considered from the perspective of the probability theory and of statistical mechanics.

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