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When sunlight is reflected, say off the moon or a mirror, is the reflected light a wave or a particle? Answered

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kelseymhBest Answer (author)2009-02-08
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Keeter (author)2009-02-08

photons sir, photons. Waves of particles, so therefore, both.

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zimy (author)Keeter2009-02-17

Thanks Keetr! Now for a follow up question: Does your answer mean that the light waves act similar to a carrier wave for the particles? Thanks for your answer in advance :-)

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Keeter (author)zimy2009-02-18

The technical aspect of this is deep in debate. But the short answer is, light acts as both a particle and a wave. It's one of those mysteries of science that still is not completely figured out. If anyone claims that it is one or the other, call them a liar. It was decided 80 years that it was a wave, but even that was overturned just a few short years ago. If you want to look into it further, the name that they gave the action is 'Duality'.

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11010010110 (author)2009-02-08

it is both of them just like any other light

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