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Double Slit Wave-Particle Duality Model 

written by Wolfgang Christian

The Double Slit Wave-Particle Duality Model demonstrates how matter and light display both wave- and particle-like properties in single and double slit experiments.  The simulation shows a detector screen placed behind an aperture with one or two open slits.  Particles (electrons or photons) pass through the experiment one at a time and their impact is recorded on the screen.  Although it is at first difficult to discern a pattern, a diffraction (interference) pattern eventually emerges suggesting that each particle is interfering with itself.  The particle seems be going through both slits as if it were a wave but is detected (observed) at only one location as if were a particle.  The particle is interfering with itself as if it were simultaneously passing through both slits.

The Double Slit Wave-Particle Duality Model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double click the ejs_qm_DoubleSlitWaveParticleDuality.jar file to run the program if Java is installed.

Last Modified June 3, 2014

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Double Slit Wave-Particle Duality Source Code 

The source code zip archive contains an EJS-XML representation of the Double Slit Wave-Particle Duality Model.   Unzip this archive in your EJS workspace to compile and run this model using EJS.

Last Modified December 22, 2011

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