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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.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Scattering and Unbound Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Instructional Material
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= Interactive Simulation
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- Educators
- application/java
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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: Jan 08, 2020 by Bruce Mason
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(PhET, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets (PhET, Boulder, 2005), <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling>.
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. (2006, August 11). Retrieved February 27, 2024, from PhET: https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling
Chicago Format
PhET. PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. Boulder: PhET, August 11, 2006. https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling (accessed 27 February 2024).
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PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets. Boulder: PhET, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 27 Feb. 2024 <https://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/quantum-tunneling>.
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@misc{ Title = {PhET Simulation: Quantum Tunneling and Wave Packets}, Publisher = {PhET}, Volume = {2024}, Number = {27 February 2024}, Month = {August 11, 2006}, Year = {2005} }
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