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Beyond the Bologna and Cheese Metaphor

A visit with Meera Chandrasekhar, Professor of Physics

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: physics semiconductors heterostructures design quantum confined heterostructures

Quantum mechanics 101

Topics: quantum mechanics electrons

“As an electron travels around, it keeps bumping into stuff,” Chandrasekhar offers as a simple explanation. “So the behavior of the electron gets defined not just by all the other stuff around it, but by the fact that it is bumping into the edges” of different materials. Quantum mechanics helps to explain the different kinds of behaviors that occur when dealing with very small scales.