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If an electron and a proton have the same speed, which would have the longer wavelength?
A. The electron.
B. The proton.
C. They would have the same wavelength.
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Walker5e EYU 30.5
The de Broglie waves for two particles of equal mass are shown below. The kinetic energy of particle 1 is _____ the kinetic energy of particle 2.
two de Broglie waves A. greater than
B. less than
C. equal to
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Walker5e 30.69
A researcher uses laser cooling to build an atomic trap that contains rubidium atoms of mass 1.42×10−25 kg. If the atoms are separated by 75 nm on average, what speed should they have so that their de Broglie wavelengths are equal to their average separation?
A. 285 km/s
B. 706 m/s
C. 16.1 m/s
D. 0.0623 m/s
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A. The electron.

The de Broglie hypothesis says the wavelength of a particle's matter wave is inversely proportional to its momentum. Therefore the smaller mass and smaller momentum of the electron means that it has a longer wavelength.






















 



B. less than

The longer de Broglie wavelength of particle 1 means that it has less momentum than particle 2 because de Broglie wavlength is inversely proportional to momentum. Because the two particles have the same mass, this also means particle 1 has a smaller velocity and less kinetic energy than particle 2.
















 



D. 0.0623 m/s

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The temperature of the atoms needs to be 20 µK if the most probable speed of the atoms is to be this slow! Only atom traps can achieve temperatures this low.
In general, overlapping de Broglie waves lead to quantum behavior. This is the basic technique used to produce a Bose-Einstein condensate, which is a quantum state of matter.