Electron Compton Wavelength


Named after Arthur Compton, the electron Compton wavelength is the wavelength of the electromagnetic wave when the photon energy matches the rest energy of the electron. It occurs in annihilation when particle energy is completely transferred to photon energy. Each particle will have a different Compton wavelength. This page highlights the calculation of the Compton wavelength for the electron.



Energy Wave Constants – Equivalent

The following is the representation of this fundamental physical constant expressed in energy wave theory. Using energy wave constants, its value was calculated and shown to match the known value in the Summary of Calculations table.


Electron Compton Wavelength

The electron Compton wavelength is derived from the Transverse Wavelength Equation, also illustrated in the Particle Energy and Interaction paper. The Compton wavelength is when all of the energy of the electron is transferred from rest mass energy to photon energy, which occurs during particle annihilation between the electron and positron. The positron is the anti-particle to the electron, where it sits at a halfway point (anti-phase) within the electron’s standing waves and is perfectly destructive with the electron.  The electron’s radius in wavelength count is n=K=10, for the electron, so the halfway point is n/2 = 5.  This is used as the n value in the Transverse Wavelength Equation.


Compton Wavelength Equation


Calculated Value: 2.4263E-12
Difference from CODATA: 0.000%
Calculated Units: meters (m)

The complete derivation of this constant is available in the Fundamental Physical Constants paper.