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Quantum Mechanics Illustrated Intuitively By Neutron Scattering

Forschungszentrum Jülich Releases Two Videos for Science Students and Teachers

Jülich, 18th July 2016 - Quantum mechanics is one of the central pillars of modern physics. This mathematically complex theory which allows the properties and laws of matter to be described is, however, rather to understand intuitively. Generations of young scientists have approached this difficult concept with the help of double-slit experiments that clearly demonstrate wave - particle duality. Two new videos from the Jülich Centre for Neutron Science (JCNS) offer a practical alternative to this.

The videos clarify fundamental aspects of quantum mechanics using neutron scattering experiments from research undertaken at the Jülich institute. The videos are around 5 and 4 minutes in length respectively, and are appropriate for use in an introductory lecture course in quantum mechanics or for self-study purposes. Video 1 looks at the topics of quantization, quantum phase transitions and scattering at lattices; Video 2 deals in more detail with quantum phase transitions.

Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering Part 1



Quantum Mechanics and Neutron Scattering Part 2



About neutron scattering:

Neutrons are the building blocks of atomic nuclei and have no electric charge. They reveal, among other things, where atoms are located, how they move and which magnetic properties they possess. Due to their unique properties, scientists from many disciplines use this method, in physics through to chemistry, biology, and geology, right up to material and engineering sciences.

About JCNS:

JCNS builds and operates outstanding neutron scattering instruments at leading international neutron sources and enables German and international scientists from all disciplines to use these for their research. JCNS combines this with an excellent scientific environment in selected research fields.

Background information and interviews with the scientists involved (JCNS)

Jülich Centre for Neutron Science

Press Contact:

Angela Wenzik, Science Journalist
Forschungszentrum Jülich
Tel. +49 2461 61-6048