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Are matter waves electromagnetic?

  1. Sep 29, 2005 #1
    Matter waves such as an electron have energy, frequency, wavelength. But are they part of the electromagnetic spectrum? I assume not since they are electrons, protons etc, not photons. Only photons belong in the electromagnetic spectrum?

    So if not than what are they part of?

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  3. Sep 29, 2005 #2


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    Keep in mind that just because something has the property of having "energy, frequency, and wavelength", doesn't mean that it has to be an electromagnetic wave. These are more of the properties of what we classically call a "wave" in general, not just electromagnetic wave. You would never confuse a sound wave or a water wave as being electromagnetic in nature.

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