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    What is a photon in respect to electromagnetic waves?

    Wow okay, so I guess that means we're still at a standstill between consolidating the classical and quantum mechanical interpretations? Thank you Hydr0matic, you've helped clear up something very fundamental for me. I do have a couple more questions though if you're willing to stick around...
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    What is a photon in respect to electromagnetic waves?

    I've always thought that photons and electromagnetic waves are one in the same. And I still do, but I'm trying to get a better grasp on the idea and am finding it difficult. 1) As I understand it, they are the same. But an electromagnetic wave with definite frequency is a perfect sine wave...
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    Triple Slit Experiment?

    Wow thank you for the detailed response. Though the complexity is going way over my head currently, I'll take some time over the weekend to try to understand what it all means. Anyway, I just wanted to give my thanks in the mean time.
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    Triple Slit Experiment?

    Yes yes... quite right :redface:. Though my question still stands.
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    Triple Slit Experiment?

    Would you possibly mind summarizing their experiment and results? That is, if it's not too long/complex/troublesome, in which case I'll read the paper myself. (I'm going to do it myself eventually, just swamped by homework right now).
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    Triple Slit Experiment?

    Thanks for the reply. I wonder if they've ever try to run the "measuring" experiment with diffraction grating? Would it affect the resultant spectrum? It's a lot of new information to take in though, so I'll have to take some time to digest it all. No other reply's here huh?... I would have...
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    Triple Slit Experiment?

    Suppose that instead of two slits for the classical experiment, we use three slits. First what pattern would appear? I tried drawing it out, but without a protractor to draw proper curves, it's hugely inaccurate and I'm too lazy right now. Anyway, to the actual meat of the question, I was...
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    Question about interference by observation (double slit exp.)

    In the double slit experiment, under observation, the electron acts like a particle rather than a wave. From my understanding this is because the photon that hits it for observational purposes adds enough energy into the system to affect the electron and make it chose one single path rather than...
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    What is the function of a collapsed wave?

    What is the function of a "collapsed" wave? I know from observing the particle in a dual slit experiment the wave function collapses and the results becomes something like 2 lines, but is there a function that defines the two lines? Does it just collapse to a function of how the particles...
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    Trouble understanding matter as waves

    ahh ok, I see. I don'e know the reasoning behind it yet, but at least I know there's an explanation up ahead. Thanks.
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    Trouble understanding matter as waves

    Oh yeah, but I'm talking about a wave packet here. But even wave packets have points of value zero. At least how my textbook displays it. [PLAIN]http://vedantic-physics.com/web_images/wave_packet.jpg [Broken] How I'm interpreting this picture is that this wave squared is the probability of...
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    Trouble understanding matter as waves

    Thanks for the reply, but I get lost half way through your post... I'll re-read it when I get further into my textbook. Edit: actually, I'm gonna try to interpret what you said. So are you basically telling me, "yeah some points will have zero probability. This has been shown experimentally"...
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    Trouble understanding matter as waves

    That's the way my textbook is teaching me. I know it's simplifying things so that it'll be easier to understand, but I'm having trouble understanding the consequences displayed in the simplification.
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    Trouble understanding matter as waves

    For simplicity sake, I'm assuming an electron is travelling in just one direction (x). From what I understand the square of the electron's wave function is proportional to the probability of finding it at x. But there's a point in every period that the amplitude is zero, which means the...
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    Double slit experiment, observer effect

    Thanks, that clears up a lot.
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    Double slit experiment, observer effect

    It was a good while ago since I heard about this particular experiment, but I remember vaguely reading about how in one instance they recorded the observations, but then deleted the data before anyone could look at it, and in that instance the wave was still produced. Thus showing that it really...
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