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BEC Homepage

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Tutorial on the fundamental theories of Bose-Einstein condensation.
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Material Type: Tutorial
Technical Format: Website, Java Applet
CAUTION: Java Applets may not run on all browsers
Date Added to MERLOT: May 16, 2000
Date Modified in MERLOT: June 05, 2017
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Submitter: John Walkup


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Primary Audience: High School
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Language: English
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Avatar for Donald Hornback
17 years ago

Donald Hornback (Student)

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.

Technical Remarks:

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.

Avatar for John Walkup
17 years ago

John Walkup (Staff)

Very accessible tutorial. Professional skill appears throughout.