ASOW 2012/07/22 A Few Bits about Quantum Theory, Part 1

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ASOW 2012/07/22 A Few Bits about Quantum Theory, Part 1

Postby SsDd » Mon Jul 23, 2012 6:06 pm

A Few Bits about Quantum Theory, Part 1
Presenter: Dr. Paul Doherty
Senior Scientist at the Exploratorium in San Francisco and director of The Splo Museum (in SL)

In this first lecture of two, Dr. Doherty traces the history of light as wave and particle. He discusses Planck’s solution to the puzzle of blackbody radiation leading up to 1905 when Einstein proposed an explanation of the photoelectric effect using light as quanta of energy, later named photons. He also shows how the spectra of atoms observed in the 19th century is described by the Bohr model of the atom using electron waves.

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