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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Victoria Borish and Heather J. Lewandowski
As quantum information science and technology (QIST) is becoming more prevalent and occurring not only in research labs but also in industry, many educators are considering how best to incorporate learning about quantum mechanics into various levels of education. Although much of the focus has been on quantum concepts in nonlab courses, current work in QIST has a substantial experimental component. Many instructors of undergraduate lab courses want to provide their students the opportunity to work with quantum experiments. One common way this is done is through a sequence of quantum optics experiments often referred to as the "single-photon experiments." These experiments demonstrate fundamental quantum phenomena with equipment common to research labs; however, they are resource intensive and cannot be afforded by all institutions. It is therefore imperative to know what unique affordances these experiments provide to students. As a starting point, we surveyed and interviewed instructors who use the single-photon experiments in undergraduate courses, asking how and why they use the experiments. We describe the most commonly used experiments in both quantum and beyond-first-year lab courses, the prevalence of actions the students perform, and the learning goals, ranging from conceptual knowledge to lab skills to student affect. Finally, we present some strategies from these data demonstrating how instructors have addressed the common challenges of preparing students to work with conceptually and technically complex experiments and balancing the practice of technical skills with the completion of the experiments.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 19, Issue 1, Pages 010117
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Quantum Physics
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117
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Keywords:
Quantum Mechanics Labs, quantum information, quantum visualization
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Metadata instance created March 28, 2023 by Lyle Barbato
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V. Borish and H. Lewandowski, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19 (1), 010117 (2023), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117).
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V. Borish and H. Lewandowski, Implementation and goals of quantum optics experiments in undergraduate instructional labs, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19 (1), 010117 (2023), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117>.
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Borish, V., & Lewandowski, H. (2023, March 3). Implementation and goals of quantum optics experiments in undergraduate instructional labs. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 19(1), 010117. Retrieved June 12, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117
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Borish, Victoria, and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Implementation and goals of quantum optics experiments in undergraduate instructional labs." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19, no. 1, (March 3, 2023): 010117, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117 (accessed 12 June 2024).
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Borish, Victoria, and Heather J. Lewandowski. "Implementation and goals of quantum optics experiments in undergraduate instructional labs." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19.1 (2023): 010117. 12 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.010117>.
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