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The de Broglie Wavelength

By: Thomas Lee Abshier, ND

Likewise, another pillar of Quantum Mechanics, the de Broglie Wavelength (ë=h/p) is another concept to which we can apply the Theory of Absolutes postulates to help give a more physical and intuitive understanding.  The de Broglie Wavelength hypothesis states that a particle or wave will have a particular wavelength dependent on its Energy (i.e. momentum = p).  The Davisson-Germer experiment of 1927 was a hallmark experiment in confirming the concept of moving particles having a wavelength.  In this experiment, they proposed that a particle (e.g. an electron) had a wavelength dependent upon its velocity.  They accelerated an electron to using an anode and grid with a positive voltage difference of 54 volts accelerating the electrons.  These electrons were directed toward a sample of metallic nickel.  A detector scanned the reflection for 90 degrees and plotted the electron intensity.  At exactly the angle which corresponded to the wavelength of the 54 volt electron, the detector picked up a spike in reflected electron intensity.  This angle was exactly the angle corresponding to the spacing of the nickel atoms.  Thus, this experiment was taken as strong evidence that particles really do behave as waves.  As a result of this experiment, the edifice of Quantum Mechanics had one more experimental phenomenon which confirmed the concept of the indeterminacy of matter.  

But we shall not simply concede to the Quantum Mechanics and its indeterminacy as the best and only explanation of this phenomenon.  Instead, we shall interpret the results of this experiment using the concept of specific crystalline-plane reflection of the momentum due to a resonant force reflected back on the electron.