Quantum Mechanics – Intermediate Labs (private view)

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Quantum Mechanics – Intermediate Labs

Using a laser pointer and a print-at-home diffraction card, students test the uncertainty principle as it applies to light. By measuring the diffraction through calibrated slits, they can estimate the uncertainty relation between position and momentum. They can then use the uncertainty relation to estimate the width of unknown objects.

  • Equipment Used:    Mail-home kits
  • Willing to Share:    Lab manual/write up, instructions for developing lab/supplies list, data sets, videos of a demonstration
  • Author and Affiliation:    John Matthew Donohue, Institute for Quantum Computing / University of Waterloo
  • Link(s) or Contact Info:    Contact John Donohue for access