Viewing: Atom in a Box a.k.a. Orbitals, v1.0.4

Education » Atom in a Box a.k.a. Orbitals, v1.0.4

Real-Time Visualization of the Quantum Mechanical Atomic Orbitals. The orbital image on this page represent the shape of the atomic orbitals. The clouds you see are the probability distribution of an electron bound to a Hydrogen nucleus.

The image was created using Atom in a Box, a scientific and educational program 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 (see below) 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.

For individual users, this is US $20 shareware. You can read the details in the about box or the Read Me.