Selected Papers

Stern-Gerlach experiments: past, present and future

In this paper presented at the Utah Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, Jean-Francois Van Huele and Jared Stenson discuss the significance of the Stern-Gerlach effect from 1921 until 2005. They also rectify some recurrent misconceptions about the story and the physics of Stern-Gerlach.

On the variability of the fine structure constant, by Jason Evans, MS thesis

In his thesis Jason approaches the experimental study of the variability of the fine structure constant from a new perspective: after concluding that existing QED data are inconclusive, he proposes an ion trap experiment that combines some features of astrophysical observations and atomic clock precision to access alpha variability by finding a system with Lande factor between 1 and 2.

Commutation relations for functions of operators

In this paper published in the Journal of Mathematical Physics, Mark Transtrum and Jean-Francois Van Huele derive a new formula giving the commutator of two functions of several noncommuting operators in terms of the fundamental commutators of the non commuting operators. Examples are given and the  issue of operator derivatives is raised.

Suggestive pictures: the role of spin in the Bohmian model of hydrogen

In this paper presented at the Idaho Academy of Science, Jared Stenson and Jean-Francois Van Huele argue for including spin in the Bohmian description of hydrogen, and for exposing students of physics to the Bohmian picture of quantum mechanics.

Representations for understanding the Stern-Gerlach effect, by Jared R. Stenson, MS Thesis

In his thesis, Jared explains how we need many representations to grasp concepts in physics and he applies this view on the of the Stern-Gerlach effect. The fact that thematic, historical, and mathematical accounts of the Stern-Gerlach remain problematic even in a more complete study of the phenomenon leads him to propose a new inhomogeneous Stern-Gerlach experiment.

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