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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Quantum Mechanics 9 - Zero Point Energy
Speaker(s): Richard Epp
Abstract: Understanding the zero point energy of the quantum harmonic oscillator as a consequence of the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
Learning Outcomes:
• Understanding why the minimum energy of a ball in a bowl must be greater than zero based on the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle.
• How the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle adds a purely quantum mechanical kinetic energy to the ball, in addition to its classical potential energy.
• Understanding graphically how the total energy – the sum of the classical potential energy and the new quantum kinetic energy – has a minimum that is greater than zero: the zero point energy.
Date: 13/08/2008 - 10:30 am
Collection: ISSYP Virtual
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