de Broglie Equation Definition

Chemistry Glossary Definition of de Broglie Equation

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The de Broglie equation describes the wave properties of electrons. Science Photo Library/MEHAU KULYK/Getty Images

de Broglie Equation Definition:

The de Broglie equation is an equation used to describe the wave properties of matter, specifically, the wave nature of the electron:​

λ = h/mv,

where λ is wavelength, h is Planck's constant, m is the mass of a particle, moving at a velocity v.
de Broglie suggested that particles can exhibit properties of waves.

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