Slow Moving Large Objects

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Slow Moving Large Objects

Postby DTingey_1C » Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:46 pm

If a large object was moving so slow that it had an extremely small momentum despite its mass, could it theoretically have a measurable wavelength?

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Re: Slow Moving Large Objects

Postby vpena_1I » Sun Nov 17, 2019 7:36 pm

Interesting question.
Theoretically, yes, the numbers can be plugged into the De Broglie formula to prove so, but experimentally, I think it'd be very difficult to measure just how slow the object would have to move.

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Re: Slow Moving Large Objects

Postby Aiden Metzner 2C » Sun Nov 24, 2019 3:44 pm

Even though in De Broglies wave equation yes it would technically have a wavelength. I think that De Broglies equation only applies to objects with relatively fast velocity. Something with an extremely low velocity would essentially just not be moving. The best example I could think of is a tectonic plate which has a very large mass but moves incredibly slowly. It would not have a measured wavelength.

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