Use this tag for questions relating to the "wave-nature of particles" or the "particle-nature of waves" as they are often discussed in quantum mechanics, where a single object has properties of both classical particles and classical waves.

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Firing Single Photon [on hold]

We know (or pretend to know) what will happen if we fire one photon at a time and let it pass through slit/slits. But what if we don't use slit/slits and fire photons one at a time at a screen? What ...
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possibility of interference of electrons during its transition from higher to lower state

They say an electron possesses dual nature (what we call wave-particle duality in order to relate with our everyday world). If it is an electron (definite particle) it too shows wave-like phenomenon ...
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light interference

Recently while driving, i noticed that when it is dark, the light emitted from an incoming car with its headlights at full strength (bright) and with mine also at the same state, my windscreen sort of ...
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Changing nature of electrons [duplicate]

At many places I've read about QM, it refers to the change in electron's nature as being a particle and wave at the same time. However, the charged point particle model for the electron still fits ...
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Dual nature of matter and electromagnetic radiations [duplicate]

I haven't completely understood the dual nature of matter and electromagnetic radiation. If all matter has wave nature and and all waves have particle nature then how will one distinguish between ...
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Two contradictory groups of statements from two different books on quantum physics

There are two contradictory groups of statements from two different famous books on quantum physics. Which one is correct? Group (1) : Following statements are from Berkeley Physics Course Vol. 3, "...
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Atom Particles Relationships

I am an agriculture student, and we study tons of chemistry, and despite I took the exams I still have a good doubt on atoms. Through my studies I would say electrons are very tiny containers of ...
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Why one should follow Snell's law for shortest time?

whenever two media and two velocities are involved, one must follow Snell's law if one wants to take the shortest time. Why snells law must be followed to travel diffrent media in shortest time? ...
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Modern interpretation of wave-particle duality

As far as I understand, in the early days of quantum theory there was quite a lot of debate over how to interpret what it meant for a quantum mechanical object to exhibit both wave-like and particle-...
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Help needed for Simple derivation for duality of matter

A teacher told showed me a way to derive an equation which shows the duality of matter. We know, $E=hc/\lambda$. and $E=mc^2$ So, $hc/\lambda=mc^2$ We get, $p$ ( momentum ) = $h/\lambda$. How ...
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From the viewpoint of field theory and Derrick's theorem, what's the classical field configuration corresponding to particle? Is it a wavepacket?

In the framework of QM, we have known that particle, like electron, cannot be a wavepacket, because if it is a wavepacket then it will become "fatter" due to dispersion and it's impossible. However ...
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Double-slit intensity distribution for particles

For waves, the intensity pattern for the double-slit experiment is given by the following equation (as of David Morin's notes on waves) $$ I(x) = I(0) \frac{D}{\sqrt{x^{2} + D^{2}}}cos^{2} \left ( \...
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Can gravitational waves interfere polarize or show any other properties of stndard waves

Is it possible for gravitational waves to be able to produce phenomenon such as interference and polarization etc. which are observed in standard waves. Also is it possible for gravitational waves to ...
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Does an electromagnetic wave necessarily contain many photons? [duplicate]

I've often come across people saying from a quantum physics standpoint that an electromagnetic wave necessarily contains many photons. But doesn't the double-slit experiment conducted one photon at-a-...
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Why can't the wave model for radiation account for the photoelectric effect?

While I understand the effect of varying wavelength and frequencies on the photoelectric effect, I can't seem to turn my mind around that question... I suspect it has to do with quantas and the non ...
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How do (and don’t) particles emerge from fields?

I am aware of the following field- and particle-like notions: QFT particle, a unit of excitation in (the Fock space of) a QFT; SR field, an extremal $A = A(\mathbf x)$ of a Lorentz-invariant action; ...
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How does sunlight undergo interference as shown in the video?

As far as I know, for interference to happen in a double-slit experiment, the light source should be coherent and monochromatic. If that is the case then how come sunlight undergo interference and ...
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Evaluating double-slit experiment for wave-particle duality

Is it possible that the wave-like behavior of particles in double slit experiments is just an outcome of particle distribution? Can we regard or treat a normal or Gaussian distribution as wave-like? ...
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Mathematical proof of Bohr's complementarity principle

Complementarity principle, in physics, tenet that a complete knowledge of phenomena on atomic dimensions requires a description of both wave and particle properties. Depending on the experimental ...
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why laser beams don't get reflected (or knocked away) when they intersect with each other?

laser beams are photons with the same frequency and the same direction, but according to the wave-particle duality, photons have mass. but if we shoot two masses and they intersect at some point ...
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Single slit diffraction - wave vs particle view

If monochromatic light is shot through a single slit onto a screen, we can analyze the pattern on the screen using wave properties. This analysis is done assuming the wavelength is constant. But with ...
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Observer in the double slit experiment with photons

In the double slit experiment with photons, the interacting observer is an instrument, detector… If you replace the detector with a piece of metal with the same mass as the mass of the detector, the ...
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Why call it a particle and not a wave pulse?

My physics textbook says that photoelectric emission provides conclusive evidence for the particle theory of light. Apparently, since photoelectric emission only works at certain frequencies, we can ...
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Can particles at rest have wave nature?

Can particles have wave nature even when they are at rest? I think this is possible due to the formation of standing waves
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How does wave-particle duality describe Photoelectric effect?

I don't know if electrons work as particles or waves or maybe both in photoelectric effect. How is Photoelectric Effect actually described by Wave-Particle Duality?
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Could particle wave duality be caused by gravity? [closed]

We know that light (and other particles) displays particle wave duality, or the ability to be a particle and a wave at the same time. After that it becomes confusing. We also know that gravity is a ...
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What was Newton's own explanation of Newton's rings?

What was Newton's own explanation of Newton's rings? Newton advocated a corpuscular theory of light, but his rings would most conveniently be explained by a wave theory. How did he explain his own ...
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What would diffraction of a macroscopic object look like?

I read an interesting question here in the forum (Will a football (soccer) diffract?) and came up with the following doubt: even though its diffraction angle is too small to be detected, if we had the ...
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Why do electrons/photons create an interference pattern in the double slit experiment? [duplicate]

So...if electrons and photons are both particles and they pass the two slits, why do they create an interference pattern as if they were waves? Now from what I've read, it's because of the ...
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Is double slit interference due to EM/de Broglie waves? And how does this relate to quantum mechanical waves?

I'm really confused about the fact that there seems to be two types of waves at play: the EM wave, which I understand to be an actual fluctuation of EM fields in space, and this other type of bulk "...
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About 'de Broglie hypothesis' and the double slit experiment

EDIT: As i mentioned in my original question, i do not have the background to fully understand @Timaeus answer (which was very detailed indeed). I would appreciate if someone could give a more '...
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Question on matter waves

So,I just started this topic on modern physics in school that contained the concept of"de broglie waves" or "matter waves" and there are a few concepts that are unclear to me. Firstly, does a single ...
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What does the 'charge' of the electron transform into when the electron gets converted to wave? [closed]

Mathematically when a particle exhibits wave nature, its mass is supposed to be converted into energy. I want to know what happens to the charge of particle? what does the 'charge' of a non ...
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What happens to light when an optical cavity path length doubles instantaneously?

Let's say we have light contained in a cavity (of initial length $L$) and then instantaneously remove the second mirror, thus removing the barrier between the first and a third mirror which is some ...
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Light waves and water waves

I have an idea and i would like to have more information: If I drop a stone in the water some rings or waves will appear. Those rings are made of water and are behaving that particular way because of ...
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Is it wrong to say that an electron can be a wave?

In QM it is sometimes said that electrons are not waves but they behave like waves or that waves are a property of electrons. Perhaps it is better to speak of a wave function representing a particular ...
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Understanding wave functions of matter waves

The wave functions of matter waves give the probability density of the particle being at a certain location. Does this arise because as an outside observer, we have incomplete information about the ...
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Why does compton scattering provide evidence for the particle nature of light?

I understand that compton scattering is modeled as a collision between a photon and an electron, but why does this conclusively prove that light can act as a particle? Why couldn't the same ...
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Number of photoelectrons vs Frequency

This is the graph plotted between photocurrent (proportional to number of photoelectrons) and potential applied with different frequencies. As it can be seen, the number of photoelectrons released ...
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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? [duplicate]

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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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 ...