Surfer DotWave attached to a spring moving with no viscosity

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Numerical Simulation, Original videos, Slider, Videos | 0 comments

Surfer attached to a spring moving with no viscosity

Integration of motion equation is done continuously via matlab DELAY DIFERENTIAL EQUATION (ddesd) solver

Hence, the dot “reads” continuously the value of the field

In the mean time, the dot “writes” to the field evry T_F (that is a “bounce”) : at each bounce, a local wave field represented by a Bessel JO function is created, which is then slowly damped (That is the memory Me parameter)

Interferences between the waves created by the last previous 300 bounces (THAT IS THE CUTOFF parameter) are computed at each integration step to obtain the shape of the wave and the motion of the dot.


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Superposition, Decoherence, Schrodinger’s Cat and other magical lies my professors told you.

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Blog | 2 comments

There is a good reason we are all fascinated with the walkers experiment. For any student of Quantum Mechanics (QM), the interpretation of the QM formalism is at first a puzzling proposal. There is a large suspension of disbelief that needs to take place. Simply put it is ‘counter intuitive’ and most people “shut up and calculate” essentially bowing to the myth that “QM is just very weird”.

How can things be in ‘several states’ at the same time. QM matter must be of a different, slightly magical, nature. It is perhaps best exemplified by paradox of the Schrodinger cat that is both dead and alive, supposedly at the same.

In this post we will apply the formalism of walkers, an emergent model of QM dynamics that comes about from the association of a particle and a wave and show how it sheds a new light on the fundamental interpretation of QM and show that in this interpretation, the cat is simply always dead.

We will also use this formalism to shed light on the typically QM notion of coherence and decoherence.

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Controlled double-slit electron diffraction : reproduction of the famous Feynman 1965 thought experiment.

Posted by on Feb 15, 2014 in Bibliography, Blog, Extended Bibliography | 0 comments

Bach, R., Pope, D., Liou, S. H., & Batelaan, H. (2013). Controlled double-slit electron diffraction. New Journal of Physics, 15(3), 033018.

And some movies of the interference pattern build-up :


The famous Feynman thought experiment reproduced ! ((cf. Feynman Lectures on Physics, vol III, ïŹgures 1–3,))


controlled double slit electron diffraction



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Classical analog of quantum eigenstate – Orbits and trajectory level

Posted by on Feb 1, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Original videos, Slider | 5 comments


On this video, you’ll see :

– How 2 dotwaves can synchronize on 2 orbits
– How a dotwave can change his orbit (with a little help from the experimentator)

Video shot with a 30 Hz camera, at a forcing frequency of 60 Hz, hence not much stroboscopic flickering

The bath is excited just at the Faraday llevel, or slighly upper.

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Dotwave in a box : emergence of normal mode

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Blog, Featured, Original videos, Slider, Videos | 2 comments

On this video, the walking droplet is confined in a small cavity (Approx. 6 to 8 times the faraday wavelength)

We observe the emergence of several normal modes of vibration of a walking droplet in a circular corral.

At first, the movement seems “random”, then, the whole wave-particle system synchronizes, and starts turning alltogether.

Differrent modes are possible, with different radius for the droplet trajectory : on this video we see a mode with the droplet on a large radius trajectory, and also a mode where the droplet is on a short radius trajectory

Its seems that thoses radius coincide with with the knots ofs thefaraday standing waves of the cavity, hence we have a quantization of the radius of the different trajectories.


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How it is done : DIY Cymatronics

Posted by on Jan 19, 2014 in Blog, Photos | 1 comment


A Transparent plate is mounted  (via magnets) to three loud peakers serial-connected to an amplifier delivering a sinus signal.

Silicon oil ( with viscosuity 20 Cst)  is put on the transparent plate.

A  point source light is collimated, goes through the oil

A mirror placed below redirects the light beam to tha camera.

NB : it is not easy to set up this light system : the light source muste precisely tuned at the focal point of the lens.




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