Quantization of Fields

  • Wouter Schmitz
Part of the The Frontiers Collection book series (FRONTCOLL)


We have seen so far that particles can be represented by waves. The process by which particles are described as waves is called first quantization. Why is this called quantization? A “quantum” can be defined as a minimal amount of a physical entity involved in an interaction. In physics, the idea that physical entities may be quantized (discrete rather than continuous) is called the “quantization hypothesis”.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wouter Schmitz
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  1. 1.AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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