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Fundamental Instructional Labs in Quantum Mechanics for Undergraduate Physics Majors
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:10 AM -9:20 AM
  Author: Gabriel Spalding, Illinois Wesleyan University
(309) 556-3004, gspaldin@iwu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Many students have a difficult time grasping quantum mechanical models and, particularly given that the most popular undergraduate text on quantum (Griffiths) forgoes references to real experiments, a new generation of instructional experiments is deemed to provide the absolutely critical visualization and tangible proof that are needed to convince students of key elements of quantum theory. Such instructional labs have been featured highlights of the 2009 Advanced Lab Topical Conference in Ann Arbor and of the 2010 Gordon Conference on Physics Research and Education, and have also been incorporated into the ALPhA Immersion Program, which provides hands-on training for lab instructors (e.g., in demonstrating the existence of photons, single-photon interference, indistinguishability and the quantum eraser, entanglement and tests of Bell's inequalities, etc.). This led us to establish a group focused on furthering efforts to make these sorts of labs more affordable.
  Footnotes: None
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