Traditional View of An Atom
Welcome to my new series on the weird and wonderful world of quantum physics please support this series and leave a comment if you enjoy it.
Hit the desk in font of you...go on! It seems solid, well it is solid. But probe more deeply and you start to encounter other worlds.
you were probably taught at school that your desk is made up of atoms and atoms are mostly empty space, in fact almost 99% empty space. The are empty in the same sense that as a hole carved in a wooden board by a fast moving propeller blade is empty, that it is easy for something small and fast to move through through but very difficult for something large and slow to do so.
By most standards atoms are small, however they are massive in the world of nuclear and particle physics. They are concerned with what goes on in a tiny volume of space far smaller than atoms in fact far smaller than the nuclei found at the centre of the atom. We call this the sub atomic world, This is what I want to Explore in this series.
Now Welcome to the weird and wonderful world of Quantum physics, where we look at the smallest pieces of matter, the smallest volumes of space and the tiniest ticks of time, it is here that what can only be described as magic occurs. But trust me there is no sleight of hand here, this REALLY occurs all around us every day!
It is here we find that nature has a speed limit, time and space mix into a blur, particles separated by thousands of light years are entirely dependent upon each other and mass can turn into energy and energy into mass! This strange world will stretch your mind and question your concept of reality.
Basic Quantum Physics Video from BBC 2
Electron density Waves
These rules are essentially a product of two of the greatest revolutions of the 20th century. Quantum mechanics (science of the very small) and Special Relativity (science of the very fast)
In order for you to get to grips with some of, quantum physics', experimental and theoretical outcomes. An understanding is required about the measurements, sizes, speeds and physical properties which are going to be discussed, because they are often very different from those you are useful. So please read the hub below first as it addresses this:
After reading the above you should check out the hub on Sub-Atomic particles, this will give you a basic knowledge of the particles we will be discussing and some interesting facts about them:
Finally after you have read these you are ready to get to some of the good stuff! I will sort out the Articles by Experiment, Famous theoretical physicists and Quantum Mechanics interpretations. be sure to come back regularly to see what new hubs have been added.
Bohr and Einstein
Below are some really cool experiments and thought experiments which demonstrate quantum weirdness, they are all written for the average person with little science and mathematical knowledge.
- Quantum Physics - Schrodingers Cat - Winner of a hub nugget.
- Quantum Physics - Bell's Inequality Experiments
- Quantum Physics - The Double Slit Experiment
- Quantum Physics - Popper's Experiment
- Qantum Physics - Quantum Suicide
(NB// I will be doing mathematical interpretations on these experiments and other theories soon so please check back)
Quantum Physics Fundamentals
Here you will find information on the fundamentals of Quantum physics or more specifically quantum mechanics, which will help you understand the concepts behind applications of quantum physics, such as quantum computing and cryptography.
Copenhagen Interpretation Cartoon
Quantum mechanics Interpretations
These are due to be added soon and will feature the interpretations of quantum mechanics and what it means to reality, coming soon.
Quantum Physics is a very big subject and understanding it all takes a lot of time and energy, however there are some great books, which will expand on the topics I have touched on see below for some great ideas.