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“X-rays”, “gamma rays”, “sun rays”… But electromagnetic waves are NOT rays and DO NOT consist of rays?

In a separate question I'm struggling to figure out the nature of EM waves. But it's a vast topic and I'm trying to narrow it down to small specific questions. It turns out that all electromagnetic ...
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Wave Packet in Curved Spacetime

It is known that the classical equation of motion for a scalar field wave packet on a curved spacetime background gives the geodesic trajectory (the e.o.m. is $(\nabla_\mu \nabla^\mu + m^2) \Phi=0$). ...
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Frequency of an Electron

My question is very simple. If frequency is defined as the cylces per unit time, Then what is meant by "Frequency of an Electron" ? If the rotation of electron around a nucleus is considered then, ...
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Is the wave-particle duality a real duality?

I often hear about the wave-particle duality, and how particles exhibit properties of both particles and waves. I most recently heard this in this video. However, I wonder; is this actually a duality? ...
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Particle position and speed [duplicate]

If I understand correctly, particle is something at a point of time, where you can tell it's position, but what if particle is moving, then you can tell it's speed. From what I understand wave is NOT ...
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Fermion vs. Bosons and particle vs. wave: is there a link?

I'm puzzled since several years on this basic aspect of quantum mechanics. Quantum theory is supposed to describe particle-wave symmetry of our world. It also describes our universe in term of bosons ...
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Explain the notion of light/electromagnetic waves/photons to a non-physicist

A non-physicist asked me about special relativity. My explanations naturally were based on gedankenexperiments involving light. This forced the question: "What is light? It is particles, isn't? Or is ...
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Is a single photon also a Maxwellian wave?

A photon is associated with the equations $h\nu$ and $\frac{hc}{\lambda}$. My book (Serway Modern Physics) says that Einstein explained the photoelectric effect by assuming that the classical ...
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Has anyone done a double-slit experiment with another single slit in front of it?

I find myself wondering if anyone has done the following experiment, and what the results indicated. My idea is a double slit, with another single slit, followed by a screen. ...
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Double slit experiment, detecting “particle direction” at the screen

This may be a stupid question, and I apologize if it is. With the double slit experiment, measuring which slit the electron came through causes it to act like particle. Instead, I wonder if it is ...
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Estimating our de Broglie wavelength

This could be a very naive question, but I feel always disturbed by it since I couldn't ever figure out a perfect answer. Why is our de Broglie wavelength (dBw) so tiny and how could we roughly ...
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About sub-atomic physics and the models used

Is it true every sub-atomic particle can have a mathematical representation as a wave? Can an electron and a proton and a neutron be represented as waves? Regarding every theory about sub-atomic ...
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Post mortem measurement of particle-wave duality

I was wondering what the outcome of this experiment would be: You shoot single photons at a double slit. On their way there you preform a measurement in $x$ so you get the time ($t_0$) the particle ...
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waves particle duality of human body [duplicate]

De Broglie stated electrons can travel as particles and waves. Electrons show its waves properties when they can diffract through a carbon layer. So, I am not sure about his statement which human also ...
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Have they really photographed light behaving both as a particle and a wave?

I just came across this article where they are claiming that they have photographed light behaving both as a wave and a particle! The paper has been published in Nature Communications and I read the ...
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What pattern would emerge in a double slit experiment in which you tried to measure the particle before the slits?

Asked this question many times before, on different sites as well, but i still haven't gotten a good answer for some reason. Some will say one thing, others another, some won't really give me a direct ...
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Difference between electromagnetic radiation (EMR) and Electromagnetic Field?

I'm a freshly graduated electrical engineer. One course that I really struggled with was Field Theory, because it was a lovely assortment of vector calculus and things that were explained to me well ...
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Wave properties and temperature

Today it was told me that wave properties of a particle increase if the temperature decreases. I'm surprised because I have never listened a similar thing, but I think that it's very interesting. ...
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Question about the double slit experiment

If we measure a particle before it passes through the slit, would we see the particle or the interference pattern on the screen after the slits?
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Is light a particle with EMF or does it travel in wave? [duplicate]

Is light a particle which has a electromagnetic field around it OR does the particle itself travels in a wave like motion? IS it just the EM field which moves in a wavy motion like ripples? (Please ...
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What happens in a universe with only two electrons? [closed]

What happens in a universe with only two electrons? Do they stay as waves or do they collapse into particles?
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Do Waves have mass? [duplicate]

Do any form of electromagnetic waves like visible light have mass? It is known that all electromagnetic waves have energy. According to Einstein's $$ E^2=p^2c^2 + m^2c^4 $$ formula, the energy of a ...
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Do/May pure electromagnetic waves ( Non dual natured ) exist?

The light as well as all matter 'particles' show dual nature. But my question is if according to the Maxwell equations, Electromagnetic waves are valid events, can they actually exist in pure wave ...
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Uncertainty and wave-trains

My textbook and the following extract from feynman's lectures present the same idea regarding wavetrains and uncertainty in their wavelengths. Why is it that a wavetrain confined to some space has an ...
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Why is Planck's constant the same for all particles?

This question came to me while reading Where does de Broglie wavelength $\lambda=h/p$ for massive particles come from? This question has a nice answer that explains that wave number has be ...
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Why does a real/virtual photon interact only with charged particle?

A photon is the force carrier of an electromagnetic wave and it consists of an electric and a magnetic field propagating through space at the speed of light in vacuum. It exhibits wave-particle ...
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Are matter waves (de Broglie) classified as transverse or longitudinal? [duplicate]

We know that waves are of two types: transverse and longitudinal, and we have studied about de Broglie waves as well, so which one of them is it? Or we have other means to classify them?
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The nature of measurement

Does the measurement of the particle change it's physical state? Or does it only seem to do that? Ex. if a particle was measured before the slits, would we see an interference pattern, or a particle ...
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Quantum Wave Mechanics

I am studying QM-I these days. Now, I just think of the wave function as just a mathematical function that defines the state of the particle at an instant and from it you can extract various ...
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Is de Broglie matter wave a mass or a particle hypothesis?

I'm having difficulty understanding de Broglie matter wave hypothesis. It is a mass or a particle hypothesis? According to de Broglie a particle with mass $m$ moving at a constant speed has an ...
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Are the particle-wave duality and the quantum uncertainty principle united?

In a recent paper by Patrick Coles, Jedrzej Kaniewski, and Stephanie Wehner at the Centre for Quantum Technologies at the National University of Singapore, they came to the conclusion that the ...
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What is the mechanism behind the wave - particle duality

I'm not exactly sure how to phrase this question; I've been reading about wave -particle duality, its history and how it works. But it's really bothering me, whenever I watch YouTube videos about it ...
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Interference of waves

Every thing has a dual nature. So if we take waves(consider light interference) as particles, exactly what happens during interference (both constructive and destructive)? Can you explain in easy ...
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Isn't all light polarised?

I apologize if my question does not make sense.(I'm teaching myself microscopy.) So reading Fundamentals of Light Microscopy and electronic imaging by Douglas&Murphy, at one point the author ...
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Are double-slit patterns really due to wave-like interference?

According to various sources on the web, it seems like the general concensus is that there isn't actually any wave-particle duality with quantum particles. For example, this article implies that ...
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Double-slit experiment [closed]

Given the following wavelength: $\lambda = 1.75 \cdot 10^{-12}\ m$ This leads to the velocity of the electron (matter wave). First approach: $p = \dfrac{h}{\lambda}=m(v)v=m_e\gamma v$ [...] $v ...
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Electrons - What is Waving?

If an electron is a wave, what is waving? So many answers on the internet say "the probability that a particle will be at a particular location"... so... the electron is a physical manifestation of ...
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Group velocity and calculating wavelength [closed]

A stone tossed into a body of water creates a disturbance at the point of impact that lasts for Dt = 4.0s. Measurements indicates that the wave speed is v = 25 cm/s. (a) Over what distance on ...
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How does a wave packet get scattered?

Particles can be represented as wave packet. So how do particles get scattered? Waves superimpose on one another, they don't bounce off of on one another. It can be seen from picture there is a ...
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Yet another double slit experiment

If single particles shot one at a time at the double slit do exhibit wave-like behavior, then if we put another screen right between the slits and perpendicular to the first screen, won't we also see ...
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How do we know particles exist? Aren't they just waves?

In the book "A Briefer History of Time" Stephen Hawking wrote: The unpredictable, random element comes in only when we try to interpret the wave in terms of the positions and velocities of ...
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In what ways does matter behave like a wave? [duplicate]

thanks in advance for the help. Mainly, what characteristic of matter is wavelike? Does is physically move up and down like a wave, does it phase in and out of existence with a wavelike gradient, or ...
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What happens when one of the double slits are closed?

I was reading "50 quantum physics ideas you really need to know" (by Joanne Baker) and came across an ambiguous paragraph. The topic: Wave-particle duality. It describes a photon that passes through ...
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Does the wave/particle duality exist across the entire electromagnetic spectrum? [closed]

Does the wave/particle duality exist across the entire electromagnetic spectrum? If theory says so, then to what extent have physicists confirmed by experimental means?
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Light, being a probability wave, carries energy; does an electron wave also carry energy? If so, how?

The entity "light" behaves as a wave & particle. The wave is actually probability wave . That is, to every point in a light wave we can attach a numerical probability that a photon can be ...
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Compton effect on wavelength

Mention the change in wave length of the photon after it collides with free electron?? Is the rule of particle can be applied here?
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Do photons have a spectrum like light when they are treated as waves?

If light can be treated as both a particle and a wave, are there things called infrared photons, or ultraviolet photons etc, as there are infrared waves, or ultraviolet waves? Or are photons just ...
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Understanding the interpretation of wave-particle duality by W.L.Bragg

W.L.Bragg, the pioneer in x-ray diffraction, gave this lucid but vivid interpretation:"The dividing line between the wave & particle nature of matter & radiation is the moment now. As this ...