Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

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?

    Thanks
     
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 29, 2005 #2

    ZapperZ

    User Avatar
    Staff Emeritus
    Science Advisor
    Education Advisor

    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.

    Zz.
     
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?



Similar Discussions: Are matter waves electromagnetic?
  1. Electromagnetic wave (Replies: 26)

  2. Electromagnetic waves (Replies: 1)

Loading...