APS Excellence in Physics Education Award
November 2019

Education Prize Logo
Science SPORE Prize
November 2011

NSF Logo
The Open Source Physics Project is supported by NSF DUE-0442581.

Computer Program Detail Page

Item Picture
Plane Wave: Step Scattering
written by Jose Ignacio Fernández Palop
The Plane Wave: Step Scattering model simulates the time evolution of a free-particle plane wave in position space when it is incident on a potential energy step.  The position-space wave functions are depicted using three colors on the graph: black depicting the absolute square of the wave function, blue depicting the real part of the wave function, and red depicting the imaginary part of the wave function. The user may change the height of the potential step or the plane wave energy by dragging circles on the energy graph. Also shown is the calculated transmission and reflection coefficients.

The Plane Wave: Step Scattering model was created using the Easy Java Simulations (EJS) modeling tool.  It is distributed as a ready-to-run (compiled) Java archive.  Double clicking the ejs_qm_plane_step.jar file will run the program if Java is installed.

Please note that this resource requires at least version 1.5 of Java (JRE).
1 source code document is available
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Quantum Physics
- Probability, Waves, and Interference
- Scattering and Unbound Systems
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
= Interactive Simulation
Intended Users Formats Ratings
- Educators
- Learners
- application/java
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!

Access Rights:
Free access
This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 license.
Rights Holder:
José Ignacio Fernández Palop
EJS, Easy Java Simulations, OSP, Open Source Physics, free particle, plane wave, quantum mechanics, scattering
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created December 12, 2010 by Mario Belloni
Record Updated:
October 2, 2013 by Wolfgang Christian
Last Update
when Cataloged:
December 12, 2010
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
J. Palop, Computer Program PLANE WAVE: STEP SCATTERING (2010), WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040).
J. Palop, Computer Program PLANE WAVE: STEP SCATTERING (2010), <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040>.
APA Format
Palop, J. (2010). Plane Wave: Step Scattering [Computer software]. Retrieved November 30, 2023, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040
Chicago Format
Palop, Jose Ignacio Fernández. "Plane Wave: Step Scattering." https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040 (accessed 30 November 2023).
MLA Format
Palop, Jose Ignacio Fernández. Plane Wave: Step Scattering. Computer software. 2010. Java (JRE) 1.5. 30 Nov. 2023 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040>.
BibTeX Export Format
@misc{ Author = "Jose Ignacio Fernández Palop", Title = {Plane Wave: Step Scattering}, Month = {December}, Year = {2010} }
Refer Export Format

%A Jose Ignacio Fernández Palop %T Plane Wave: Step Scattering %D December 12, 2010 %U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040 %O application/java

EndNote Export Format

%0 Computer Program %A Palop, Jose Ignacio Fernández %D December 12, 2010 %T Plane Wave: Step Scattering %8 December 12, 2010 %U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10534&DocID=2040

Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

This resource is stored in 2 shared folders.

You must login to access shared folders.

Plane Wave: Step Scattering:

Is Based On Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool

The Easy Java Simulations Modeling and Authoring Tool is needed to explore the computational model used in the Plane Wave: Step Scattering.

relation by Mario Belloni

Know of another related resource? Login to relate this resource to it.
Save to my folders



Related Materials

Similar Materials

OSP Projects:
Open Source Physics - EJS Modeling
Physlet Physics
Physlet Quantum Physics
STP Book