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Initially, I had only heard vaguely about BEC (Bose-Einstein Condensation), but after about a half hour at this website, I at least understand the basic ideas behind the strange physics of BEC. This website uses a format of questions and answers with a cartoon student and instructor. I found it particularly refreshing that student was not afraid to put the brakes on the professor when the material began to move into slightly more advanced concepts. There is also a series of interactive physics analogies (such as atoms in a mixing bowl having certain energy states or the evaporative cooling magnetic bowl). These interactive tools proved helpful and at first a little challenging, although the general introductory level of the site does leave me wondering how relevant some of the interactive cartoons really are. All in all, from a BEC beginner myself, I highly recommend this sight if you are even slightly interested in Bose-Einstein Condensation.
The only technical remarks that I have to make concern a few dead-end URL links, specifically, they are the ones to Satyendra Nath Bose, a link to the 1997 Nobel Prize, and an off-site button that doesn't go anywhere.
The physics behind BEC is beyond my current level of understanding, and all of the explanatory links where very helpful. While I found this sight clearly presented and extremely informative, it is useful at only the most introductory of levels.
13 years ago
Very accessible tutorial. Professional skill appears throughout.