Quantum Mechanics Illustrated Intuitively By Neutron Scattering

Forschungszentrum Jülich Releases Two Videos for Science Students and Teachers

Quantum mechanics is one of the central pillars of modern physics. This mathematically complex theory which allows the properties and laws of matter to be described is, however, rather to understand intuitively. Generations of young scientists have approached this difficult concept with the help of double-slit experiments that clearly demonstrate wave – particle duality. Two new videos from Forschungszentrum Jülich offer a practical alternative to this.

The videos clarify fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics using neutron scattering experiments from research undertaken at the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS). The videos are around 5 and 4 minutes in length respectively, and are appropriate for use in an introductory lecture course in quantum mechanics or for self-study purposes. Video 1 looks at the topics of quantization, quantum phase transitions and scattering at lattices; Video 2 deals in more detail with quantum phase transitions.

Videos for download, background information and interviews with the scientists involved:

Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering 1/2 Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering 1/2
Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering 2/2 Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering 2/2

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