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This webpage contains an interactive simulation that allows students to explore quantum interference of photons and matter particles.  Users have the choice to shoot either a continuous beam or single particles at a screen and watch an interference pattern emerge.  The entire evolution of the wave packet can be seen as it travels from the source to the screen.  This simulation helps learners to develop a concrete mental model of quantum particles and the process of interference.  User controls include resolution of the detector, size and placement of barriers, slits and detectors, types of particles modeled, frequency of photons or velocity of the particles.  Tools include a stopwatch and ruler to record data plus a capture tool for comparison of results at time intervals.  

This simulation is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.  SEE RELATED ITEMS on this page for a link to lecture presentations and clicker questions designed specifically for use with this simulation.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- High School
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
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- application/java
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/qua…
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© 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
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Keywords:
Double slit, Single slit, Uncertainty, double slit, interference pattern, particle interference, wave function
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created September 9, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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August 11, 2006
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(Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-wave-interference).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Wave Interference, (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-wave-interference>.
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Wave Interference. (2006, August 11). Retrieved October 31, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-wave-interference
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Quantum Wave Interference. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, August 11, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-wave-interference (accessed 31 October 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Wave Interference. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 31 Oct. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-wave-interference>.
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Wave Interference:

Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas & Activities: Probability and Randomness Interactive Lecture

This is a lecture presentation in Power Point format designed by the PhET research team specifically to supplement the Quantum Wave Interference simulation.  It could be adapted for use in either a sophomore-level Modern Physics class or an introductory class.

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