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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Quantum Mechanics 7 - The Quantum Harmonic Oscillator
Speaker(s): Richard Epp
Abstract: Taking our intuitive understanding of the quantum world gained by studying a particle in a one-dimensional box, we generalize to understand a quantum harmonic oscillator.
Learning Outcomes:
• Introduction to the classical physics of a ball rolling back and forth in a bowl, a simple example of a very important type of bounded motion called a “harmonic oscillator.”
• The quantization of allowed energies of a harmonic oscillator: even spacing between energy levels, and zero point energy.
• Being able to sketch the allowed wavefunctions and particle probability patterns of a quantum harmonic oscillator, including a new phenomenon called “tunnelling.”
Date: 12/08/2008 - 10:30 am
Collection: ISSYP Virtual
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