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PERIMETER INSTITUTE RECORDED SEMINAR ARCHIVE

Quantum Mechanics 10 - Stability of the Atom
Speaker(s): Richard Epp
Abstract: A discussion of how the zero point energy of atoms is what makes possible their existence in our universe – atoms are purely quantum mechanical objects.
Learning Outcomes:
• Continuation of QM-9: A calculus-based derivation of the zero point energy of the quantum harmonic oscillator.
• How our previous understanding of energy quantization and zero point energy can be applied also to the hydrogen atom.
• Why classical atoms cannot exist in our universe, and how the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle and associated zero point energy stabilizes atoms, making their existence possible.
Date: 13/08/2008 - 10:30 am
Collection: ISSYP Virtual
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