posted on Jan, 20 2013 @ 11:27 PM
Originally posted by jiggerj
What I'm getting from the world of quantum physics is that waves of energy become particles, particles become atoms, atoms become molecules,
molecules become everything that we can see and touch (well, something along these lines anyway).
But, what happens if we try to reverse this process? If we were to take something, say a grain of sugar, place it in a container, and smash the &%$!
out of it day after day, year after year...would that grain of sugar ever revert back into a wave?
I'm thinking the grain of sugar will only be pulverized into powder, but I really don't know. If everything started out as a wave of energy, why
won't that grain of sugar ever leave the container in the form of a wave?
What do you think?
It doesn't have to do anything to behave as a wave, but this property is exceptionally difficult to observe experimentally because of the high rest
mass and high spatial frequency of the deBroglie matter waves.
It is true that in quantum mechanics there are "particley" bases and "wavey" bases, and thanks to the way the linear algebra works anyt thing can
be some of each at once.
Now practically, 'stuff', namely macroscopic globs of matter, protons electrons and neutrons, behave very very particley, in the sense of how they
work in the experimentally accessible states. There is a professor who has some extreme experiments to directly show the existence of matter waves,
but it is very tricky.
And electromagnetism, until you get up to at least X-rays, behaves very very wavey, where the particley nature of electromagnetism is hardly
observable until you get to real single-atom interactions.
There is a big physical difference not related to this underlying property of quantum mechanics (which applies to everything), namely that photons can
be creaetd and destroyed at will, but there are conservation laws for matter which mean that it is very difficult to get rid of any of them or create
any new ones in practical circumstances. So this fact also makes 'stuff' appear to behave in particley way in nearly all practical cases.