By the time you read this, we’re either on the road or unpacking after moving across the country. Moving is almost over but for this week at least, the science lite blog posts will continue. This week’s offering is a short piece on education for careers in applied quantum physics from the podcast site called impromptucast.com. Playtime is approximately 1 minute.
WARNING: put all food and drink down now, and you may want to sit down… Don’t listen to this at work.
The Heisenstein Schools for Quantum Mechanics is by Sean Clark, who might be married to me, 2017, CC BY-SA 4.0
The banner graphic is a mapping of hydrogen wave functions as predicted by quantum mechanics, depicting the electron in a hydrogen atom at different energy levels. Quantum mechanics cannot predict the exact location of a particle in space, only the probability of finding it at different locations. The brighter areas represent a higher probability of finding the electron.
The graphic is by PoorLeno [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hydrogen_Density_Plots.png