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This simulation explores the transitions between quantum states in a hydrogen atom.  The time-dependent wavefunction is displayed.  An electric field resonant with the transition between states is applied and the changes in the wavefunction with time are tracked in a dipole approximation.  Initial and final states can be selected by the user.
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Quantum Physics
- Bound State Systems
- Foundations and Measurements
- Symmetries in Quantum Mechanics
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Instructional Material
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- Learners
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dipole transition, electric field, hydrogen atom, radiative transition
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Metadata instance created May 17, 2004 by Bruce Mason
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July 23, 2009 by Bruce Mason
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