Quantum Physics


What is the Matter with de Broglie Waves?

Authors: Constantinos Ragazas

The wave-particle duality of photons, as hypothesized by Einstein, was well accepted by the early 1920's. De Broglie's bold hypothesis in 1924, that all matter likewise has a wave-particle duality added further fuel to the fire in the development of Quantum Mechanics. It seared into the minds of physicists the wave-particle duality of Nature. Needless to say, this counter intuitive and bold assertion mystified the World beyond any sensible comprehension by common sense. The question often asked by ordinary people is "what is the matter with de Broglie waves?" We provide just this answer and demystify this 'matter' in this short paper.

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[v1] 12 Mar 2011

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