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Measuring wavelike properties

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:20 pm
by Kyle Harvey 4F
What typically is considered the smallest measurement for something to have wavelike properties? Is there a reason why that measurement is the cutoff between having wavelike properties and not?

Re: Measuring wavelike properties

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:22 pm
by Kevin Antony 2B
In the lecture it was mentioned that anything with a De Broglie wavelength of less than 10^-15 m does not have any detectible wave-like behavior.

Re: Measuring wavelike properties

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 3:25 pm
by Sydney Jacobs 1C
Usually, a particle that has a De Broglie wavelength of less than 10^-15 m does not have detectable wavelike properties. This usually occurs with a greater mass, which will have a smaller wavelength. It will still have particle-like behavior, but not wavelike properties.

Re: Measuring wavelike properties

Posted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 4:30 pm
by Alison Trinh 1E
The reason the cutoff is 10^-15m is simply because that is because wavelength properties that are anything less than that are not detectable.