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Wave-particle duality

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New page: '''Wave-particle duality''' is the concept that matter and energy have both a [[wave]] nature and a [[particle]] nature. It is a fundamental result predicted by [[quantum mechanics]]. Wh...
'''Wave-particle duality''' is the concept that matter and energy have both a [[wave]] nature and a [[particle]] nature. It is a fundamental result predicted by [[quantum mechanics]].

Whether waves or particles are better suited for describing a system depends on the circumstances. For example, light is usually characterized as waves in most every-day applications, but [[photon]]s (light particles) must be considered in some situations, such as the [[photoelectric effect]] and most particle physics experiments.

[[Category:Physics]]
[[Category:Quantum mechanics]]
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