Exploring the Wonders of Quantum Mechanics: High School Visit to the Quantum Hub

At the end of November 2023, the Quantum Hub welcomed a group of high school students from the Kuben videregående skole eager to learn about quantum mechanics. The visit comprised detailed lectures and practical tutorials aimed at introducing the students to the intricate and beautiful world of quantum physics.

The day commenced with an overall introduction and motivation to the topic. This was followed by instructive lectures on solving the Schrödinger equation for the hydrogen atom. The different sessions provided an overview of the equation’s application beyond the ground state and its significance in understanding atomic behavior exemplified by quantized energy levels for the one-electron system.

Following the lecture, the students participated in hands-on tutorials exploring the basics of quantum computing. Quantum Hub affiliated students and researchers guided them through demonstrations and experiments elucidating concepts such as superposition and entanglement.

It is our hope that the visit left the students with a deeper understanding of the fundamental principles governing the quantum realm. As they departed, it is our hope that the experience had sparked a greater interest in the complexities of quantum mechanics among the budding scientists.

This event was planned and led by A. Laestadius in close collaboration with S. Selstø, S. Denysov, and Owen Haugen Ogbebo.

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