de Broglie wave
- a hypothetical wave associated with the motion of a particle of atomic or subatomic size that describes effects such as the diffraction of beams of particles by crystals.
Origin of de Broglie wave
First recorded in 1925–30; named after L.V. de Broglie
Also called matter wave.
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de Broglie waves
- physics the set of waves that represent the behaviour of an elementary particle, or some atoms and molecules, under certain conditions. The de Broglie wavelength, λ, is given by λ = h/mv, where h is the Planck constant, m the mass, and v the velocity of the particleAlso called: matter waves
C20: named after Prince Louis Victor de Broglie (1892–1987), French physicist
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