PHY4604 R. D. Field Department of Physics Chapter1_2.doc University of Florida De Broglie’s Pilot Waves Bohr’s Model of the Hydrogen Atom: One way to arrive at Bohr’s hypothesis is to think of the electron not as a particlebut as a standing waveat radius raround the proton. Thus, rnπλ2=and πλ2nr=with n = 1, 2, 3, … The orbital angular momentum is hnhnpnrpL====ππλ22, which is Bohr’s hypothesis provided that p = h/λ! Pilot Waves: In his doctoral dissertation (1924) Louis De Broglie suggested that if waves can act like particles (i.e.the photon), why not particles acting like waves? He called these waves “pilot waves” (wave of what?) and assigned them the following wavelength and frequency:h
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