Electron Wavefunctions in a Hydrogen-Like Atom. Simulation, Visualization & Sonifcation.

The Hydrogen Atom projects simulate and display the quantum mechanical wavefunction of a single electron in a superposition of different atomic orbitals using solutions of the time-dependent Schrödinger equation. Users can dynamically set all quantum parameters of the physics simulation and observe dynamic behaviors such as photon emission or absorption to develop their intuitions about unpredictable spatiotemporal phenomena. Three different versions of the simulation have been crafted. In the first, a single wavefunction is visualized while agents follow fields of electron current and gradient. In the second version, agents form ribbons showing electron spin in an simulation that is the product of three separate wavefunctions. The third visualization uses isosurfaces to display the same simulation.

Key faculty and graduate student researchers associated with the project: Professor JoAnn Kuchera-Morin, Professor Luca Peliti & former ARG member Professor Lance Putnam.