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de Broglie wave

noun Physics.

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.


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Origin of de Broglie wave

First recorded in 1925–30; named after L.V. de Broglie
Also called matter wave. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for de broglie waves

de Broglie waves

/ (də ˈbrəʊɡlɪ) /

pl n

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

Word Origin for de Broglie waves

C20: named after Prince Louis Victor de Broglie (1892–1987), French physicist
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