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ERIC Number: EJ848927
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
On the Use of a Virtual Mach-Zehnder Interferometer in the Teaching of Quantum Mechanics
Pereira, Alexsandro; Ostermann, Fernanda; Cavalcanti, Claudio
Physics Education, v44 n3 p281-291 May 2009
For many students, the conceptual learning of quantum mechanics can be rather painful owing to the counter-intuitive nature of quantum phenomena. In order to enhance students' understanding of the odd behaviour of photons and electrons, we introduce a computational simulation of the Mach-Zehnder interferometer, developed by our research group. An example of an instruction session based on the use of the virtual Mach-Zehnder interferometer is also presented. (Contains 11 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A