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Quantum mechanics (QM), also known as quantum physics or quantum theory, is a branch of physics providing a mathematical description of much of the dual particle-like and wave-like behavior and interactions of energy and matter. It departs from classical mechanics primarily at the atomic and subatomic scales, the so-called quantum realm. In advanced topics of QM, some of these behaviors are macroscopic and only emerge at very low or very high energies or temperatures.
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Quantum Mechanics: Tunneling
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09 Jul 2008 | Series | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
In quantum mechanics, quantum tunnelling is a micro nanoscopic phenomenon in which a particle violates the principles of classical mechanics by penetrating a potential barrier or impedance higher...
Quantum Mechanics: Time Independent Schrodinger Wave Equation
In physics, especially quantum mechanics, the Schrödinger equation is an equation that describes how the quantum state of a physical system changes in time. It is as central to quantum mechanics...
Quantum Mechanics: Introductory Concepts
08 Jul 2008 | Series | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck, David K. Ferry
In this section of the Quantum Mechanics class we discuss the particle-wave duality and the need for the quantization of energy to explain the black-body radiation and the photoelectric effect. We...
Reading Material for Introductory Concepts in Quantum Mechanics
08 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
Particle-Wave Duality: an Animation
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08 Jul 2008 | Animations | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska
This animation is publicly available at YouTube under
Reading Material: Postulates of Quantum Mechanics
Homework Assignment: Wavepackets
08 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Quantum Mechanics: Wavepackets
08 Jul 2008 | Series | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
In physics, a wave packet is an envelope or packet containing an arbitrary number of wave forms. In quantum mechanics the wave packet is ascribed a special significance: it is interpreted to be a...
Reading Material: What is Quantum Mechanics?
Theoretical Electron Density Visualizer
07 Jul 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Baudilio Tejerina
TEDVis calculates and displays 3D maps of molecular ED and its derivatives from the wave function.
Quantum-Mechanical Reflections in Nanodevices: an Exercise
02 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
This exercise points out to the fact that quantum-mechanical reflections are going to be significant in nanoscale devices and proper modeling of these device structures must take into...
Quantum-Mechanical Reflections: an Exercise
01 Jul 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Dragica Vasileska, Gerhard Klimeck
Dynamics of Quantum Fluids: Path integral and Semiclassical Methods
22 May 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Nancy Makri
The interplay of many-body nonlinear interactions and quantum mechanical effects such as zero-point motion or identical particle exchange symmetries lead to intriguing phenomena in low-temperature...
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 20: Quantum Monte Carlo, part I
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20 May 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Elif Ertekin, Jeffrey C Grossman
This lecture provides and introduction to Quantum Monte Carlo methods. We review the concept of electron correlation and introduce Variational Monte Carlo methods as an approach to going beyond...
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 21: Quantum Monte Carlo, part II
20 May 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Elif Ertekin
This is our second lecture in a series on Quantum Monte Carlo methods. We describe the Diffusion Monte Carlo approach here, in which the approximation to the solution is not restricted by choice...
Computational Nanoscience, Lecture 13: Introduction to Computational Quantum Mechanics
05 May 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Jeffrey C Grossman, Elif Ertekin
In this lecture we introduce the basic concepts that will be needed as we explore simulation approaches that describe the electronic structure of a system.
UV/Vis Spectra simulator
15 Apr 2008 | Tools | Contributor(s): Baudilio Tejerina
This tool computes molecular electronic spectra.
Introduction to Coulomb Blockade Lab
31 Mar 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Bhaskaran Muralidharan, Xufeng Wang, Gerhard Klimeck
The tutorial is based on the Coulomb Blockade Lab available online at Coulomb Blockade Lab. Students are introduced to the concepts of level broadening and charging energies in artificial atoms...
Introduction to Quantum Dot Lab
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31 Mar 2008 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Sunhee Lee, Hoon Ryu, Gerhard Klimeck
The nanoHUB tool "Quantum Dot Lab" allows users to compute the quantum mechanical "particle in a box" problem for a variety of different
confinement shapes, such as boxes, ellipsoids, disks, and...
Quantum Dot Spectra, Absorption, and State Symmetry: an Exercise
30 Mar 2008 | Teaching Materials | Contributor(s): Gerhard Klimeck
The tutorial questions based on the Quantum Dot Lab v1.0 available online at Quantum Dot Lab. Students are asked to explore the various different quantum dot shapes, optimize the intra-band...