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UW physicist pens math-free tour of quantum mechanics and technology

February 8, 2021

UW physicist pens math-free tour of quantum mechanics and technology

That must change, argues Miguel Morales, a University of Washington professor of physics, because we have entered an era where quantum mechanics plays an ever-greater role in our lives. All particles can be classified as either “introverts,” like photons that bunch up, or “extroverts,” like electrons that avoid one another. On each tour, I use concrete examples to illustrate a quantum mechanical effect — and give an accurate model, without the math, of what’s going on. Our knowledge of quantum mechanics and advancements in manufacturing methods are allowing us to make devices with properties not seen in nature, but based on quantum mechanical concepts. Another concept I get into is that a particle has a range of “colors,” or energy, and this is closely related to the size of a particle. And there are more examples that are coming, probably faster than we think — like quantum computing and quantum cryptography. But when it hits something, like a detector, it shows up as a spot.

Article from UW News.