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How certain do we have to get about a particle's position ?

  1. Sep 18, 2013 #1
    i was reading brian cox's book about *the quantum universe *
    and he said something interesting
    if for instance we know that a particle exists in ΔX , then this delta has to be less than one wavelength * he did it with clocks * to know the probability of its existence somewhere else in the universe , because if it was more than one wavelength , probabilities would cancel each other out at this point that i want to know the probability of the existence of the particle at
    but i think it would make more sense if it was actually less than HALF a wavelength , because if my certainty in the position of the particle was less than half a wavelengths , then there is going to be no chance that probabilities will cancel out , right ?
     
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  3. Sep 18, 2013 #2

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    The basic formula is "([itex]\Delta x)(\Delta p)= h[/itex]) where [itex]\Delta x[/itex] is the uncertainty in the position, [itex]\Delta p[/itex] is the uncertainty in the momentum and "h" is "Plank's constant", about [itex]6.26\times 10^{-34}[/itex] "Joule seconds".
     
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