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Post by The Confused Guy (O.o)? on Wed Aug 17, 2016 12:42 pm

I just had a thought tat bullets could interfere with each other when two collide with each other, would it form some kind of a diffraction pattern
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Re: Can bullets interfere

Post by Holmes on Wed Aug 17, 2016 3:12 pm

Diffraction occurs only when the slit gap or an object is comparable to the wavelength of the motion of bullets. I hope this would clear you about it...

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Post by Sreejith A Nair on Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:29 pm

More over if we compare the dimentions af the wave length and that of bullet.it is highly unlikely that such an experiment is possible. Even if we consider a thought experiment. Since width of the fringe is given by B=¥×D/d,as ¥ tends to zero fringe width tends to zero and would produce. Practically a continuous distribution. This would agree with tha classical picture.

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Post by agreengirraffe on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:19 pm

also diffraction is not caused by the collision of photons. if that happened it would be very random pattern. not necessarily the fringe like pattern one observes. if we replicate DSE on surface of water, the water molecules are not colliding, the disturbances caused on surface of water are, which causes diffraction. unlike a wave a particle won't have crest and trough to cancel or combine to form a diffraction pattern..

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Re: Can bullets interfere

Post by Arnab Mukherjee on Thu Aug 18, 2016 10:32 pm

Remember, matter-wave is a probability wave. Therefore, any interference of matter will only result in the probability being changed. particles will not combine with each other to form a bigger particle or vanish a particle. Interference would result in changing the probability at a certain location.

Bullets having extremely small wavelengths, the change almost is non-existent, or the dimension of the particle is much bigger compared to the probability of finding the particle or not. The explanations by Sreejith and agreenjiraffe also explains other aspects of the answer.

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