Biggest Item to have Wavelike Properties


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Biggest Item to have Wavelike Properties

Postby Madeline Ogden 3B » Mon Oct 19, 2020 2:58 pm

I understand that we can only detect wavelike properties in very small objects, such as electrons, due to the fact that their mass is so small. I also know that wavelength in de Broglie's equation also factors in the speed of an object, but for some large items, no matter how slow they're going (let's say, a car going at 1 mile per hour) still do not have noticeable wavelike properties. Does anyone know how big an object can get to which it has noticeable wavelike properties?

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Re: Biggest Item to have Wavelike Properties

Postby Stuti Pradhan 2J » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:07 pm

It is hard to say exactly how large an object can be since DeBroglie's equation depends on both the mass and velocity. I would say anything that you can hold is too large. If you ever need to check, you can always just input the information into the equation and any object with a wavelength smaller than 10^-15 is an object that is too large to have noticeable wavelike properties.

Hope this helps!

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Re: Biggest Item to have Wavelike Properties

Postby Saumya Tawakley 1E » Mon Oct 19, 2020 3:20 pm

In the lecture he mentioned that the object needs to be extremely small and moving with a high velocity, so I would imagine that the object shouldn't be much larger than an electron for us to detect wavelike properties.


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