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Atom in a Box is an application that aids in visualizing the Hydrogenic atomic orbitals, a prime and otherwise unwieldy example of quantum mechanics. Unlike other tools in this category, this program raytraces through a three-dimensional cloud density that represents the wavefunction's probability density and presents its results in real-time (up to 48 frames per second on the latest hardware). The user interface is very interactive and provides a wide degree of flexibility. It contains all 140 eigenstates up to the n=7 energy level and the allowed spectral transitions between those eigenstates. It also allows a state formed by a superposition of up to eight of those eigenstates allowing for over 3 trillion possible states. The program can display a wavefunction as a picture of a cloud, use color as phase, plot in red-cyan left/right for 3D glasses, and slice the wavefunction.
Price USD20
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File Size 465.07 kB
Version 1.1
Operating System Mac OS X 10.4 PPC Macintosh Mac OS X 10.4 Intel Mac OS Classic Mac OS X 10.3.9 Mac OS X 10.2 Mac OS X 10.0 Mac OS X 10.3 Mac OS X 10.1
System Requirements
  • Mac OS 9.0.4 or later with CarbonLib 1.2
  • or
  • Mac OS X 10.0 or later
  • Universal Binary
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