Quantum Buddies

Welcome to QuantIC’s Quantum Buddies page!

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 this page has been set up by the Quantum Buddies. We’re a group of academics, researchers and teachers who have come together to share our knowledge in understanding this branch of Physics better. We’ve found some of the resource links on this page helpful for ourselves and hope it will complement and support the learning and teaching of Quantum Physics at Scottish Highers and
Advanced Highers and English “A” Levels. We want to add more links to online learning resources on Quantum Physics so do get in touch with us if you have something to share!

Quantum Physics – a brief historical overview

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.


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 about.com CLICK HERE

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

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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

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

Who are the Quantum Buddies?

The Quantum Buddies is a pilot public engagement project that was initiated in early 2016 by QuantIC after feedback from teachers at Quantum Physics workshops the Hub had run in Scotland.

The aim of the project is to pair up Physics teachers with a “buddy”, who could be a physicist, engineer, academic or anyone with insight into Quantum Physics to help support in the teaching of the subject.

The project has initially focussed on developing a bank of learning resources found here which was pulled together by a group of Quantum Buddies. QuantIC is now partnering with Science Connects in the next phase to offer support from Quantum Buddies via the STEM Ambassador Network to secondary schools across the West of Scotland.

If you’re excited about sharing your knowledge and interest in Quantum Physics, why not sign up to be a Quantum Buddy here?

If you’re a teacher (West of Scotland for the moment) and would like some support or assistance from a Quantum Buddy, you can get in touch with us here.