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The branch of theoretical physics that mathematically represents subatomic particles as waves in fields, as in the theory of quantum electrodynamics.
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(General Physics) (functioning as singular) physics the formulation of quantum mechanics in which the behaviour of systems, such as atoms, is described in terms of their wave functions
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A theory that explains the behavior of subatomic particles as wave motion. Certain physical phenomena, such as the movement of an electron from one atomic shell to another, can be accurately described using this theory.
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|Noun||1.||wave mechanics - the modern form of quantum theory; an extension of quantum mechanics based on Schrodinger's equation; atomic events are explained as interactions between particle waves|
quantum mechanics - the branch of quantum physics that accounts for matter at the atomic level; an extension of statistical mechanics based on quantum theory (especially the Pauli exclusion principle)
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