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The Quantum Bouncing Ball

The Quantum Bouncing Ball

The movie below shows the evolution of a quantum-mechanical wavepacket bouncing on a hard surface under the influence of gravity. This sort of thing might actually be observed in the laboratory someday, by dropping ultracold atoms onto an atomic mirror.


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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
20 years ago
Very interesting applet that runs well. Accompanying references should make for a neat student project.