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Wave nature of the electron

  1. May 27, 2010 #1
    An electron travels as a wave. But what kind of wave?
    Sound waves are longitudinal, light waves are transverse, but what kind of wave does the electron travel as?
     
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  3. May 27, 2010 #2
    schrodinger waves
     
  4. May 27, 2010 #3
    Long waves are scalars, transverse waves are vectors. Electron is a spinor.

    More like Dirac.
     
  5. May 27, 2010 #4
    An "electron" is just a theoretical entity that exists as the result of certain formal calculations. It doesn't really make sense to say that the results of calculations can "travel." That is, one result has no necessary connection to another. The idea of continuously persisting objects flying through space is really a "classical" notion that has no relevance to QM.
     
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