Electrons as Waves

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Max Hayama 4K
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Electrons as Waves

Postby Max Hayama 4K » Mon Oct 15, 2018 5:15 pm

During lecture, a visual was shown displaying how an electron as a wave would look. What happens when there are two electrons? Will the waves look different?

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Re: Electrons as Waves

Postby MaanasO 1A » Mon Oct 15, 2018 6:12 pm

Hi Max!

The short answer: Yes (more or less).

The long answer: What we saw in lecture was a 2-D representation of what the wave looks like. In the 3-D, the presence of two electrons would result in some electron-electron repulsion that may cause a difference in momentum, since negative charges exert a force on each other. The waves will still be very similar, but there might a small change due to electrostatic forces.

Hope that helps!

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