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Alpha and beta rays: are they acting as wave?

  1. Oct 24, 2014 #1
    Hi everyone

    I have a question and that question is" are alpha and beta and also gamma rays behavior is similar to a wave ?"

    For example if we set up an experiment as same as Young's interference experiment, are these rays acting as same as light in this experiment.

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  3. Oct 24, 2014 #2


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    I believe that diffraction will take place according to the wavelength of the associated De Broglie's 'matter wave'.
  4. Oct 24, 2014 #3


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    They are quantum objects (as all objects are). In principle, you could do interference experiments with them. In practice, they have wavelengths so short the slits would have to be of the size of single atoms (or even smaller) to see something, so the classic double-slit experiment looks very impractical.
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