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Bose-Einstein Condensates. What is a matter wave ?

  1. Feb 12, 2004 #1
    Bose-Einstein Condensates. What is a "matter wave"?


    I was reading a rather non-descriptive page about Bose-Einstein Condensates. I've never really read much about them before, but now I find myself interested. This page mentioned that BECs form "matter waves" about a millimetre across.

    - What is a "matter wave"?
    - How exactly do you decide that a chunk of matter is a wave? In which ways does this matter "behave as a wave"?
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  3. Feb 12, 2004 #2


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  4. Feb 12, 2004 #3
    Nice article, but it didn't really explain it all to my satisfaction.

    However, I believe I just had one of those moments of insight and comprehended quantum fluctuation.
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