# Can a particle exist without its intrinsic wave?

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Theoretically, if we could know more about a particles wave ..could we create a particle by only replicating it's wave?

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What kind of wave are you talking about ?

You do realise the 'wave' of a quantum particle is a mathematical description of its probability distribution ?

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Particle-Wave Duality

The double slit experiment proves that it is not only a mathematical description

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It's a duality. You will have both behaviors; what you observe depends on what you look for.

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what you observe depends on what you look for.

well, yeah ..except we are not allowed to observe the wave behavior at the atomic level. I want to know if we could ever remove/strip the wave behavior from a particle ..besides observing it.

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You're making a common mistake. I'm going to talk about electrons but this can be applied more broadly.

An electron isn't a particle with some wave behaviours.

An electron isn't a wave with some particle behaviours.

An electron is something else, an object that we don't have a good analogy for as things like that don't exist in our everyday lives. You could use the term wavicle, an object that is both wave like and particle like, but something different.

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well, yeah ..except we are not allowed to observe the wave behavior at the atomic level.

Electron orbitals?

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well, yeah ..except we are not allowed to observe the wave behavior at the atomic level. I want to know if we could ever remove/strip the wave behavior from a particle ..besides observing it.

We do observe wave behavior at the atomic level. In grad school I worked on an atom interferometer. Wave behavior with atoms. I've seen electron diffraction, too. That was a modern physics lab experiment.

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What happens to wave function at absolute zero?

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What happens to wave function at absolute zero?

Wave functions would be in the ground state if you could get to absolute zero.

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The fact remains that a 'wave' is a mathematical model of a Quantum Particle's behavior in certain circumstances, while a 'particle' is the mathematical model in other circumstances ( the experiment being performed ).

What an electron actually is, is anybody's guess. But these models, when applied to their respective and appropriate circumstances, make extremely accurate real-world predictions.

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make extremely accurate real-world predictions.

I would add That has real world applications.

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Atom Interferometer! very interesting ..do we know more about different particles waves yet (besides polarizability)?

And check this out (Making Monopoles with Waves)

https://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.117.181601

and this is why I'm so interested in particle waves (potential connection? Surface Waves Store Bouncing Droplet’s History)

https://physics.aps.org/articles/v9/101

one more (Ripples in a BEC Pond)

https://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.243003

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