Quantum mechanics is one of the central pillars of modern physics. This mathematically complex theory which allows the properties and laws of matter to be described is, however, rather to understand intuitively. Generations of young scientists have approached this difficult concept with the help of double-slit experiments that clearly demonstrate wave – particle duality. Two new videos from the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) offer a practical alternative to this.

The videos clarify fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics using neutron scattering experiments from research undertaken at the Jülich institute. The videos are around 5 and 4 minutes in length respectively, and are appropriate for use in an introductory lecture course in quantum mechanics or for self-study purposes.

Video 1: quantization, quantum phase transitions and scattering at lattices

Quelle: Forschungszentrum Jülich/TRICKLABOR

Neutrons are the building blocks of atomic nuclei and have no electric charge. They reveal, among other things, where atoms are located, how they move and which magnetic properties they possess. Due to their unique properties, scientists from many disciplines use this method, in physics through to chemistry, biology, and geology, right up to material and engineering sciences.

Video 2: quantum phase transitions.

Quelle: Forschungszentrum Jülich/TRICKLABOR

For more information and interviews with the scientists involved visit the JCNS-website.

Marcel Bülow

About Marcel Bülow

Marcel Bülow, a science journalist by training, joined Forschungszentrum Jülich in 2012. As social media manager in the corporate communications department he is editor of the „Jülich Blogs“ and the voice of Forschungszentrum Jülich on Facebook, Twitter and Co.

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