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Does wave-particle duality exist for gravitational waves?

For electromagnetic waves there exists a wave/particle duality: light sometimes behaves as a wave, and other times as a particle (photons). Does such a duality exist for gravitational waves? In other ...
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Now that gravitational waves have been discovered, what does their particle version look like?

Duality dictates that gravitational waves should have a particle counterpart too, right? Will this in any way help solve the big problem of quantum gravity?
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Why is this result wrong for finding speed of a neutron in relation to deBroglie wavelength [duplicate]

So given a deBroglie wavelength 1.8nm and the equations E=hf and E=1/2mv^2 you can get v = 2h/m*(1.8*10^-9) but this is 2 times the expected value. Wherever I look online people use the momentum p ...
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How can a probability distribution have wavelength (de Broglie wavelength)?

The wave function described by Schrodinger's equation is interpreted as describing the probability of a particle in at any point in space, i.e. a probability distribution. Since this distribution ...
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De-broglie wavelength [closed]

The de-broglie wavelength of an electron emitted from the ground state of an H-atom after the absorption of a photon equals 1/2 of the de-broglie wavelength when it is in orbit. The energy of the ...
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Is the relation c=νλ valid only for Electromagnetic waves?

What is the validity of the relation $c = \nu\lambda$? More specifically, is this equation valid only for Electromagnetic waves? I read this statement in a book, which says: de Broglie waves are ...
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Photon doesn't answer it… How will wave nature explain it?

There are two perfect reflect mirrors facing opposite to each other... I place a lamp which is not lit in between the mirrors... I switch it on and switch it off and remove the lamp from between the ...
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How to calculate a straight edge diffraction pattern

A straight edge diffraction pattern is not the same as a slit or multiple slit diffraction pattern. The spacing between fringes is not equal but gradually gets smaller the farther out you go as in the ...
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Why isn't the de Brogile equation not λ=2(h/p) [duplicate]

So I was thinking about the two equations: $E = \frac{1}{2}mv^2$ And $E = hf$ Then $\frac{1}{2} * mv^2 = hf$ $\frac{1}{2} * pv = hf$ $\frac{\frac{1}{2} * pv}{h}$$ = f$ $\frac{pv}{2h}$$ = f$ ...
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Is it possible to detect a continue pattern of a single wave? [closed]

In the two-slits experiment , one photon gives an interference of two waves with their maximums. Is it possible to seperate one of the waves ? If so, can you see a continue pattern on the print ...
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Double slit with observer?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xmq_FJd1oUQ Apologize if this is a dumb question, I'm just a kid trying to make sense of something that I'm new to. It shows the wave interference when you send a ...
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Question about heisenberg uncertainty principle and single-slit diffraction

My question relates to this video illustrating the Heisenberg uncertainty principle. The video shows light being shot through a slit forming a spot on a screen. As the slit narrows, the width of the ...
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Homework - Young's Double Slit Experiment

I have attached the question as a picture. I simply don't understand where to begin this question. It is given that $l \gg d$. Why shouldn't the phase difference at $O$ be zero? What exactly is ...
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How does the interaction between individual electrons of beams affects the diffraction pattern?

Consider the diffraction of an electron beam. How does the interaction between individual electrons of beams affects the diffraction pattern? If it really affects the diffraction pattern, then is ...
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What is an Unbalanced Interferometer

I have read in some papers about a so-called unbalanced interferometer. This appears particularly in the context of Experimentally verifying the Englert-Greenberger-Yasin Duality Relation. However, I ...
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Energy in one wavelength

I know that the energy of one photon equals $E=hf$ and that concept of photons came from the photoelectric effect. My question here can we assume that a photon equals one wavelength for example if we ...
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Are electrons wave packets instead of particles?

After studying de Broglie's hypothesis we can very well say that every particle is just a localised wave packet and not a particle in the sense of the word. A particle would be like a point in space ...
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Doubt regarding de Broglie relation from group velocity

This is a derivation of de Broglie relation from my textbook. I'm confused regarding the following: In the equation $p=\hbar k + c$ the author sets $c=0 $ by stating $ p=0 $ so $k=0$. I don't ...
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What is the physical nature of electromagnetic waves?

I've been trying to work out what the physical nature of electromagnetic waves is, since I reasoned that given electromagnetic waves have wavelengths that are given in distance units, rather than ...
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What part of this picture demonstrates the wavelike properties of light and what parts demonstrate the particle-like properties?

Back in march some scientists took the first picture of light as both a wave and particle. I was wondering what parts of the image actually demonstrated these properties. I have some ideas, but the ...
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Visualizing the (expected) gradual change from quantum to classical behavior

I'm pretty much a layman (no formal Physics education beyond high school) but find Quantum Mechanics endlessly fascinating. Ok, so when the double slit experiment is performed using ...
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At which times does light act as a wave and at which times does it act as a particle? [duplicate]

Is light a "particle", that exists as a photon or as a "wave", the usual electromagnetic wave. If it's both when does it exist as a "particle" or a "wave"????
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Light wave particle duality

I have studied about the dual nature of light and all the experiments that proved light was a wave and sometimes a particle, and I am comfortable with the concept that it can be both. However, I have ...
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What is the oscillating quantity in matter waves? [duplicate]

Every wave is characterised by some periodically changing disturbance. For example, that entity is air pressure for sound waves and electric,magnetic fields for EM waves. What is that disturbance for ...
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Wave like behaviour

Sorry if this is a repeat but I'm curious if wavelength=h/p then does that imply that we would be able to observe the wavelike properties of a very still object? For example an average human weighing ...
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Light interference single particle 4 slits experiment - what are interpretations apart from many-worlds interpretation?

Someone knowledgeable about physics advised me to read a book "David Deutsch: The Fabric of Reality, 1997". The book gives experiment like two-slit one, difference is that 2-slits compared to 4-slits ...
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EM wave frequency and photon energy

We know that a quanta of light of frequency f has energy hf. But when I consider a single photon there is no concept of "frequency of a wave" because there is no EM wave associated with it which ...
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Illustrate two phenomena which reveal wave nature of matter [closed]

i think the experiment by Davisson and Germer showed the diffraction pattern by electron i want to know specifically what were the two phenomena
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What are the exact setups to observe a wave function and its collapsed state?

I was reading this article: http://io9.com/5528321/how-smart-do-you-need-to-be-to-collapse-a-wave-function and I need some clarification on the experiment setup. My current understanding is that if ...
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Importance of Schrodinger equation [closed]

Louis de Broglie suggested that for microparticles like electrons, wave-like properties can be applied in order to explain some phenomena. Schrodinger wrote down an equation, a wave equation, ...
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Can we take the change in the energy of photon in Compton effect as electron's kinetic energy?

Suppose a photon of energy 3 keV collides elastically with an electron initially at rest. If the photon emerges at an angle of 60$^\circ$, we know that the wavelength of photon will change from ...
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Einstein's 1905 “Concerning an Heuristic…emission and transformation of light”

I'm currently attempting to read Einstein's annus mirabilis papers, starting with his introduction of the quantization of light in the paper: "Concerning an Heuristic Points of View Toward the ...
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Wave nature of an electron

Quantum mechanics tells us that any quantum particle behaves as particle or waves in different situations. Assume that the electron is behaving like wave in some situation, how can I visualise this ...
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Wave packet and group velocity?

While finding the wave function of a free particle say $\psi(x)$, my textbook says that this is nonphysical because the wave velocity is not same as particle velocity of the free-particle. I don't ...
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In diffraction process, how to describe the edge in the sense of particle-wave duality?

In diffraction experiments photons show behind an edge intensity distributions in the form of fringes. It seems to be without doubt that the edge is a part of the game. My question is, how to describe ...
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Are there any other tests demonstrating wave properties besides interference and diffraction?

Are there any other tests demonstrating wave properties besides interference and diffraction? How about refraction? Does it show wave properties also?
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Clarification about Wave-particle duality

Okay,so I am learning about the double slit experiment done with electrons. I saw this picture, which shows the interference pattern being built up slowly with increasing number of electrons: I ...
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Do particles act like waves on large scales?

I've seen illustrations of particles being particles and then becoming waves momentarily on impact before going back to being particles. But I picture it as particles behaving like waves on the grand ...
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De Broglie wavelength of a massive particle as v approaches c

We understand that from a relativistic version of De Broglie's wavelength-momentum relation that as velocity approaches 0 the wavelength trends to infinity and as velocity approaches the speed of ...
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Why we use wavelength to divide light into rays, wave and particles?

I want to ask something about light, light can be defined as ray, wave, or particle. The group formed because of the wavelength, if the wavelength is less than the dimension of equipment it is grouped ...
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Wave Particle Duality - Weight?

Regards the issue of wave particle duality and the double slit experiment. If the experiment was run with the ’screen’ and detector as a 'box', with electrons being sent into the box from an ...
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can light bounce off another light? [duplicate]

If light is a wave and a particle (wave particle duality), is it possible for light to bounce off another light since light bounces of another matter(particle)?
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Can an electron go along different paths at once in a circuit

A single electron moves along a circuit and comes to a fork in the wires. The wires separate but come back together near the end of the circuit. From what I know, the electron will travel along all ...
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Does sound show wave particle duality?

We know that light and electrons both show wave particle duality. Or in other words we can say that they can be both seen as a wave and a particle. Can a similar theory be applicable for sound? Can ...
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What is really a light ray? [duplicate]

I've been studying geometric optics and I'm still a little confused with this idea of light ray. In the book I'm studying everything is being done starting from Fermat's principle which states that ...
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Is the Uncertainty Principle a logical consequence from the Wave-Particle duality?

I always thought of the Uncertainty Principle as a logical consequence that follows from the Wave-Particle duality, or more precise, from the fact that all particles behave as waves as long as they do ...
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Is wave-particle duality not clear from the single-slit experiment?

In experiments it is easy to discern between 2 and more-than-2 fringes on a screen, making the double-slit experiment the default one for wave-particle tests. Let's say we shoot massive particles ...
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What makes electrons behave like particles or waves at different times? [duplicate]

I am quite puzzled about the theory that electrons or light often behave as particles and sometimes as waves. So, I wanted to know more about this phenomena and what happens when and why.
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Do atoms behave like waves? [duplicate]

I've heard someone state that the double slit experiment can also be done with atoms, not just electrons or photons of light.
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Do all the electromagnetic radiations have dual nature i.e. particle nature & wave nature?

I have studied the dual nature of the light as particle nature & wave nature. A photon of light energy can knock a single electron out of certain metals (usually having less ...