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Is a light wave composed of waves, photons or both?

  1. Mar 13, 2010 #1
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    Is a light wave composed of waves, photons or both?



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  3. Mar 13, 2010 #2

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    It is difficult to accept, that the light wave is both wave and photons.

    All particles can be considered both particles and waves.

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  4. Mar 13, 2010 #3
    But doesn't the photoelectric effect demonstrate the dualistic nature of waves, where the energy is proportional to the frequency of the wave, but the energy is supplied by the quantum packets or "photons"?
     
  5. Mar 13, 2010 #4

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    The dualistic nature means that the same thing is wave and particle. So the energy is proportional to the frequency of the wave and the enerqy is supplied by a quantum packet.

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