Wave Aspects of Matter

  • Walter Greiner

Abstract

Investigations on the nature of light showed that, depending on the kind of experiment performed, light must be described by electromagnetic waves or by particles (photons). Thus the wave aspect appears in the context of diffraction and interference phenomena, whereas the particulate aspect shows up most distinctly in the photoelectric effect. So for light, the relations describing wave-particle duality are already known. But what about material particles? Their particulate nature is rather obvious; do they also possess a wave aspect?

Keywords

Permeability Manifold Sine Tate Azimuth 

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Biographical Notes

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Greiner
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  1. 1.Institut für Theoretische PhysikUniversität FrankfurtFrankfurtFed. Rep. of Germany

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