Describe and explain what is meant by wave-particle duality...........
- EthanLv 42 decades agoFavorite Answer
In physics, wave-particle duality holds that light and matter can exhibit properties of both waves and of particles. It is a central concept of quantum mechanics. The idea is rooted in a debate over the nature of light and matter dating back to the 1600s, when competing theories of light were proposed by Christiaan Huygens and Isaac Newton. Through the work of Albert Einstein, Louis de Broglie and many others, it is now established that all objects of physics have both wave and particle nature, and that quantum mechanics provides the over-arching theory resolving this apparent paradox. This so-called duality is most pronounced in the microscopic regime of physics (such as atomic physics) and has no effect in the macroscopic "everyday" regime of physics.