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Quantum Physics by Norah Berrah PhD, Paul V. Pancella, Marc Humphrey

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CHAPTER8

Matter Waves Matter

In This Chapter

  • A closer look at the electron
  • Quantization of electric charge
  • Matter waves and de Broglie wavelengths
  • The schizophrenic nature of matter

Our goal in this chapter is to finally make the leap into the “modern” theory of quantum mechanics. The crucial insight, which we hinted in the previous chapter, is that particles of matter can also display wavelike properties—just like light! Only by appreciating the concept of matter waves can we begin to construct a self-consistent quantum theory that takes the place of the patchwork ideas of the “old” quantum physics.

We will also see how the symmetry between ...

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