Foundations of Physics

, Volume 38, Issue 7, pp 659–664 | Cite as

A Search for the de Broglie Particle Internal Clock by Means of Electron Channeling

  • P. Catillon
  • N. Cue
  • M. J. Gaillard
  • R. Genre
  • M. Gouanère
  • R. G. Kirsch
  • J.-C. Poizat
  • J. Remillieux
  • L. Roussel
  • M. Spighel
Article

Abstract

The particle internal clock conjectured by de Broglie in 1924 was investigated in a channeling experiment using a beam of ∼80 MeV electrons aligned along the 〈110〉 direction of a 1 μm thick silicon crystal. Some of the electrons undergo a rosette motion, in which they interact with a single atomic row. When the electron energy is finely varied, the rate of electron transmission at 0° shows a 8% dip within 0.5% of the resonance energy, 80.874 MeV, for which the frequency of atomic collisions matches the electron’s internal clock frequency. A model is presented to show the compatibility of our data with the de Broglie hypothesis.

Keywords

Channeling Silicon Electrons Quantum mechanics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Catillon
    • 1
  • N. Cue
    • 2
  • M. J. Gaillard
    • 2
  • R. Genre
    • 2
  • M. Gouanère
    • 3
  • R. G. Kirsch
    • 2
  • J.-C. Poizat
    • 2
  • J. Remillieux
    • 2
  • L. Roussel
    • 1
  • M. Spighel
    • 3
  1. 1.DAPNIA-CEA/SaclayGif sur YvetteFrance
  2. 2.IPNL-IN2P3–CNRS: UMR5822Université Claude BernardLyon IFrance
  3. 3.LAPP-IN2P3–CNRS:UMR5814Université de SavoieAnnecy-le-VieuxFrance

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