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Can matter waves interfere with light? Light - matter interactions are possible, namely, light - atom interactions when you use laser light for atom diffraction: Atom Interferometry For this, I'm pretty sure not, in the same way light does not diffract with sound waves as they operate with different mechanisms. Light does diffract with sound ...


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Sort of a silly answer, but a bunch of protons, electrons, and neutrons bound together (i.e. an atom or molecule) can certainly diffract through a double slit. This has been taken to ridiculous extremes in recent years: witness the double-slit diffraction of C284H190F320N4S12, a molecule with 810 atoms and over 5000 electrons. But if you're thinking ...


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Protons and electrons both obey the de Broglie hypothesis: wavelength = Planck constant / momentum. But protons do not act within the atom the same as electrons - they move in a tighter radius at higher speed. They have to be accelerated to reveal their wave nature, and as the momentum of a proton would be much greater than that of an electron at typical ...


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You should read this page :http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Huygens%E2%80%93Fresnel_principle The Huygens principle explain intuitively why the wave will spread after being "cutoff" by an obstacle, as the spherical sources at the edge will not interfere anymore with the adjacent ones (those being stopped by the obstacle) to form a plane wave. As shown in the ...


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There are two ways to look at light, classical and quantum mechanical. Electromagnetic waves given by the classical solutions of Maxwell's equations will have interference patterns as predicted mathematically from the sinusoid form of the solutions. Are we working in the double slit argumentation with destructive interference arguments too? Young has ...



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