Educational Resources

Quantum Physics is often thought of as something that belongs to the realm of science fiction and yet, it has given us technology like lasers and semiconductors which power our modern day electronics. We realise it can be a challenging subject and that’s why we’ve  created some tools and compiled some online resources to share  our knowledge in understanding this branch of physics better.
We hope that you find them helpful.

QuantIC “Making the Invisible Visible” 3D Augmented Reality app

We’ve created this 3D augmented reality app that can be used on smartphones, iPads and tablets to demonstrate some of the imaging technologies we are working on such as cameras that can see around corners and cameras that image invisible gases.

  • To download and install the app, head over to the Apple App store or Google Play store.
  • Download and print the A4 PDF of QR codes here which represent items such as a laser, detector, mannequin etc.
  • Open the app on your tablet or phone and scan the QR codes as directed. Have fun trying it out!

*Please note that the app is not compatible for all devices and will require at least Android 8.0 or Apple iOS 12+ to work. It has been developed as a free educational resource and is still undergoing testing; it should run without issue on suitable devices but it is supplied as is and we cannot be held liable for any issues arising from its use.

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Brief History of Quantum Physics

Interested to find out how it all began for Quantum Physics?

We’ve created a special poster which gives a brief early history of Quantum Physics from when Newton and Descartes debated whether light was a particle or a wave in the 17th Century to Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.

CLICK HERE to download an A1 PDF version of the poster to print.
CLICK HERE on this for an online version with additional online links

Compton Scattering

We found this link helpful to understand Arthur Compton’s Scattering Formula CLICK HERE

The National Science Foundation also has information on Compton Scattering CLICK HERE


Uncertainty Principle

Are there any practical applications of the Uncertainty Principle? This link provides some answers CLICK HERE

Here a link that provides a good explanation as well as a graphical interpretation of the uncertainty principle. CLICK HERE

This article in The Guardian also explains what the Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle is CLICK HERE

Wave Particle Duality

The Institute of Physics (IOP) has a good introduction on Electrons behaving as waves CLICK HERE

The IOP also has instructions on how to demonstrate visible diffraction rings to show the wave behaviour of electrons. CLICK HERE

Check out this video on the electron diffraction tube that Quantum Buddy Helen Cammack made in partnership with SSERC and QuantIC CLICK HERE

Here’s an interesting TED-Ed talk on demystifying Quantum Physics CLICK HERE


Bohr’s Model of the Atom

This research paper offers a comparison of models of atomic structure and their problems (approached from a teaching perspective) CLICK HERE

We found this website with online videos on The Bohr Atom CLICK HERE

Here’s a short online quiz to try on Bohr’s Model of the Atom CLICK HERE

St Andrew’s University also has good simulation of the Bohr Model of the Atom CLICK HERE

Blackbody Radiation

Try this simple experiment by the SSERC to demonstrate the determination of Plank’s Constant using a Tungsten Filament Lamp CLICK HERE

PhET at the University of Colarado has created a Blackbody Spectrum Simulation CLICK HERE

Here’s an interesting write up on Blackbody Radiation on CLICK HERE

Photoelectric Effect

Here are instructions from the Nuffeld Foundation to run a demonstration on the photoelectric effect CLICK HERE

You can find an animated simulation of the photoelectric effect CLICK HERE

The BBC “bitesize” education website has information on the photoelectric effect CLICK HERE


Atomic Spectra

This link provides instructions on how to make a handmade spectrometer CLICK HERE

The Institute of Physics provides a good overview of the Atomic Spectra with demonstrations and discussion questions CLICK HERE

Check out the link for a simulation of neon lights and other discharge lamps CLICK HERE

Quantum Tunnelling

Here’s a link that explores the concept of Quantum Tunnelling and its importance to modern technology CLICK HERE

Check out this link from the Institute of Physics on Quantum Tunnelling Composites CLICK HERE

You can download a factsheet to run experiments on Quantum Tunnelling here.

Find out what Quantum Tunnelling can do with this link to a company, Peratech that manufactures Quantum Tunnelling Composite materials CLICK HERE

Quantum Tunnelling has led to the development of the Scanning Tunnelling Microscope. You can find out more information HERE

If you’re interested in new research on Quantum Tunnelling, check out the link to the Wahl Group at St Andrews University. CLICK HERE

This article in The Guardian also explains Quantum Tunnelling CLICK HERE


Interference and Diffraction

This PDF download has instructions on running electron-diffraction experiments. CLICK HERE

You can find a simulation of Young’s Interference experiment HERE

PNet from the University of Colorado also a simulation on wave interference. CLICK HERE

We found this Youtube clip offering an interesting explanation on the Double Slit experiment CLICK HERE

QuantIC’s Professor Miles Padgett’s webinar for Physics Teachers on on the Double Slit experiment and what it REALLY means in Quantum Physics is worth a look. CLICK HERE

Here’s a short film on Young’s Double Slit experiment explained by Quantum Buddy Reuben Aspden. CLICK HERE


DeBroglie Waves

We found this online clip helpful in explaining string resonance and deBroglie Waves CLICK HERE

The Institute of Physics has a good explanation on standing waves and also advice on demonstration CLICK HERE

Here a link that focusses on describing the reinterpretation of Bohr’s condition by DeBroglie CLICK HERE