wave-particle duality

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wave-par·ti·cle duality

The exhibition of both wavelike and particlelike properties by a single entity, as of both diffraction and linear propagation by light.
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Noun1.wave-particle duality - (physics) the property of matter and electromagnetic radiation that is characterized by the fact that some properties can be explained best by wave theory and others by particle theory
property - a basic or essential attribute shared by all members of a class; "a study of the physical properties of atomic particles"
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
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At the quantum level, an object does not have a certain predefined state, the object can behave like a particle when a measurement is performed upon it and like a wave if left unmeasured, this representing a special quantum property entitled wave-particle duality [15].
That was a kicker and then he started working on wave-particle duality. He proposed a new way of doing an old experiment whose results thrashed the duality and his findings got published by Journal of Physics and Astronomy on 28 March 2018 (2).
The considerations of Section 3 reinforce the underlying physical building blocks of quantum mechanics: the superposition principle, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle and wave-particle duality. These are crucial to physically understand the entanglement process and demonstrate why it is a robust process.
It seems that in Bohr's view there is no possibility of finding a reasonable solution to the wave-particle duality and, as a result, we should put aside the question of whether the waves or particles are real.
Broadly speaking, quantum mechanics incorporates four classes of phenomena that classical physics cannot account for: (i) the quantization (discretization) of certain physical quantities, (ii) wave-particle duality, (iii) the uncertainty principle, and (iv) quantum entanglement.
The backflow effect is the result of wave-particle duality and the probabilistic nature of quantum mechanics, and it is already well understood in an idealised case of force-free motion."
The hydrogen emission spectrum, illustrated in this work, is light that gives us information about the underlying quantum world of wave-particle duality.
His original approach, he connected with the transfer of wave-particle duality of light (its simultaneous duality of particles and waves) on the microparticle substances with a rest mass.
Quantum mechanics is a mathematical theory for predicting the behavior of atomic and subatomic particles which helps explain the wave-particle duality of matter and energy.
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