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This PhET interactive simulation allows you to explore how quantum mechanics describes what happens when a subatomic particle approaches a "potential barrier." The particle is represented by a wave packet or a plane wave.  You can set the energy of the incoming packet and the height and shape of the barrier. The simulation shows you the transmitted and reflected waves.
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Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Scattering and Continuum State Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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= Interactive Simulation
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Mirror: http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/quantum-tunneli…
Access Rights: Free access
Restriction: © 2005 PHET; University of Colorado
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Keywords: barrier tunneling, double barrier, plane wave, wave packet
Record Cloner: Metadata instance created August 28, 2006 by Bruce Mason
Record Updated: Jul 08, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling>.
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. (2006, August 11). Retrieved July 25, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, August 11, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling (accessed 25 July 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 25 July 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling>.
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