Issue No. 03 - May/June (2004 vol. 6)
DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/MCSE.2004.53
Ronnie Kosloff , Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Guy Ashkenazi , Hebrew University of Jerusalem
A quantum system's state is described by a complex wave function, which can be supported on different topologies--for example, one-dimensional open space, a closed one-dimensional ring, or a two-dimensional surface of a sphere. Interactive tools represent the quantum state of a single particle constrained to different topologies, while stressing the underlying superposition principle, which is independent of topology. The insight gained by visualizing the same phenomena in different geometrical contexts contributes to the students' ability to abstract, which is the key to understanding quantum phenomena in more complex systems.
Ronnie Kosloff, Guy Ashkenazi, "String, Ring, Sphere: Visualizing Wavefunctions on Different Topologies", Computing in Science & Engineering, vol. 6, no. , pp. 82-86, May/June 2004, doi:10.1109/MCSE.2004.53