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Abstract Volume 9 Issue 1 (2004) pp 12-16

Using Optical Transforms To Teach Quantum Mechanics

Frank Rioux* and Brian J. Johnson

Department of Chemistry, St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN 56374,
Received June 3, 2003. Accepted October 27, 2003.

Published online: 1 January 2004

Abstract. Wave–particle duality, the superposition principle, the uncertainty principle, and single-particle interference are the most fundamental quantum mechanical concepts. The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate that these quantum mechanical principles are illuminated by a study of diffraction patterns created with laser light and a variety of two-dimensional masks.

Key Words: In the Classroom; physical chemistry; quantum mechanics

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Issue date: February 1, 2004

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