The Dual Nature of the Electron

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Depending on the experimental circumstances, EM radiation appears to have either a wavelike or a particlelike (photon) character . Louis de Broglie (1892-1987) who was working on his Ph.D. degree at the time, made a daring hypothesis: if radiant energy could, under appropriate circumstances behave as though it were a stream of particles, then could matter, under appropriate circumstances, exhibit wave-like properties? For example, the electron in orbit around a nucleus . DeBroglie suggested that the electron could be thought of as a wave with a characteristic wavelength. He proposed that the wavelength of the electron was a function of its mass (m) and its velocity ( υ ): i.e. the wavelength for "matter waves", where h is Planck's constant and is υ velocity (not, the frequency). The quantity m υ for any object is its momentum (mass * velocity). What is the characteristic wavelength of an electron with a velocity of 5.97 x 10 6 m/s? (the mass of the electron is 9.11 x 10
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2012 for the course CHM CHM1045 taught by Professor Hectorrodriguez during the Winter '11 term at Broward College.

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