If light is both a particle & a wave then explain how is it possible that a ligh

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  1. ptosis profile image81
    ptosisposted 7 years ago

    If light is both a particle & a wave then explain how is it possible that a light wave trillions of

    light years away and spread out over a gadzillion light years wide can collapse into a light 'particle' that our eyes detect?


  2. Shahid Bukhari profile image60
    Shahid Bukhariposted 7 years ago

    Light ... Photonic Illumination, and Electro-Magnetic Wave Radiation, are two distinct Phenomena ...

    On relates, Objective visibility, and the other, Facilitates  human Experiential of Seeing ... Vision... by Conveying the Illuminators.

    Light's mode of Traversing the Universe's 'Voids' is, therefore, distinct, from the local Photons, Illuminating an object ... And thus, Objects being rendered Visible, to humans.

    Light, per se is Invisible; meaning, we cannot see Light ... Photons or their Carrier, Electro Magnetic Wave Radiation ... directly, but only, in terms of what these Illuminate ... thus, Vision, and it occurs, within the human Mind ... not outside the human Mind.

    Its like sugar, which apparently, has nothing to do with Sweetness, yet tastes Sweet, in human experiential conveyed by the Tongue ... and thus, the Experiential, perceived within our Minds borne Sweet' Ideal, and its nuances ...

    The human's Physical Experiential, is directly related to the Five Senses ... These, determine the status, after a Phenomenon has been duly processed by the Physical Brain ... in a complex process ... and Conveyed, in another complex Process, to the Mind.

    "Where, the Physically Sensed, Bonds with the Ideal Definitive Physically sensed, like the Sighted, Tasted, Touched, Smelled and the Heard ...

    These human Experiences are Conveyed after being Processed by the Physical Brain, and Conveyed to the Abstract Mind ... Ideal corroborating with the Physical.

    The Mind, thus, fills in the rest of the Blanks ... so to say, to make it a Distinct Human Experiential.

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    Infinite712posted 7 years ago

    The reason is because light is NOT both a particle and a wave of nothing. This is a contradictory theory that mathematical physicists believe in. Light "waves" (vibration) has to propagate through a medium of particles.

  4. Spock7418880 profile image61
    Spock7418880posted 7 years ago

    It's my understanding that the wave describes the potential location of the particle at a given time. The particle might appear anywhere within the waveform, so as long as the waveform intersects your eye, the particle just might hit you. And since every star gives of trillions of these particle-waves per second, it'll happen often enough that the image seems solid.

    But I'm not physicist. I just read the books.

  5. Greg Sage profile image39
    Greg Sageposted 7 years ago

    First of all, "particle" and "wave" aren't realities.  They are concepts we have constructed in order to explain our observations.  We assume they are distinct things because we recognize one facet or another at any given time.

    The question also assumes that we are rooted in locality, and that an actual transformation has occurred.  Ditch those two assumptions, and all bets are off.

  6. sarkarinaukria profile image38
    sarkarinaukriaposted 7 years ago

    wow! we have some real pro physicists on hubpages!You people reminded me of school! smile

  7. profile image59
    SsvRrwQposted 7 years ago

    When we say that light has the 'duality' of being both a particle and a wave, what me mean is often not entirely clear. Light is a type of electromagnetic radiation. All types of electromagnetic radiation have this 'dualistic' property.
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