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Wave-Particle Duality

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About the Course

In this course, Professor Carla Faria (University College London) explores wave-particle duality. In the first mini-lecture, we discuss classical properties of particles and waves through the lens of the double-slit experiment. In the second mini-lecture, we discuss the wave-particle properties of light and see how these arise in the double-slit experiment. In the third mini-lecture, we think about the wave-particle nature of light from an optics perspective and discuss some of the historical developments from the corpuscular theory of light to today’s modern interpretation of light.

About the Lecturer

Carla Figueira De Morisson Faria is a Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at University College London. Her research focuses on theoretical strong-field laser-matter interactions. In particular, she considers laser fields that have stronger intensities than 1013 Wcm-2. At these intensities, there is laser-induced scattering of electrons with their parent ions. Strong-field laser physics has a wide range of applications, including particle physics, plasma physics (in particular laser fusion), solid-state physics, novel X-ray sources, and attosecond science.