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Tutorial on the fundamental theories of Bose-Einstein condensation.
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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
18 years ago
Very accessible tutorial. Professional skill appears throughout.
Donald Hornback
Donald Hornback (Student)
17 years ago
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.