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Particles as Waves

  • Charles H. Holbrow
  • James N. Lloyd
  • Joseph C. Amato
  • Enrique Galvez
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
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Abstract

You have seen that waves can act like particles. The energy of light waves is packaged in quanta called photons. Photons can scatter from electrons like tiny hard objects. If this behavior is not surprising or mysterious enough, it turns out that particles can act like waves. Electrons, protons, neutrons, and atoms all can exhibit interference and other forms of wave behavior.

Keywords

Interference Pattern Helium Atom Miller Index Argon Atom Photographic Plate 
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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles H. Holbrow
    • 1
  • James N. Lloyd
    • 2
  • Joseph C. Amato
    • 3
  • Enrique Galvez
    • 4
  • M. Elizabeth Parks
    • 4
  1. 1.Charles A. Dana Professor of Physics, EmeritusCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  3. 3.William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics, Emeritus Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA
  4. 4.Department of Physics & AstronomyColgate UniversityHamiltonUSA

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