Huntington Beach, CA, USA - March 30, 2011 - Dauger Research, Inc.,
proudly debuts Atom in a Box HD for the iPad.
award-winning Atom in a Box educational and scientific software
real-time volumetric raytracing to present what the Hydrogen atom
"looks" like. By presenting the Hydrogenic atomic orbitals in an
intuitive, immersive user interface, Atom in a Box stimulates appreciation of the
aesthetic in science yet portrays its subject faithfully, appealing to
all from children to
Available on the Mac since 1998 and
on the iPhone since the 2008 App Store debut, Atom
in a Box is available today internationally for the iPad via Apple's new App Store.
"The new Atom in a Box is completely rewritten
to support high-definition resolutions available on the iPad",
says Dean Dauger, President of Dauger Research, Inc.
"While I was a physics graduate student,
I wanted to 'see' an atom for myself, imagining that I could touch a
Atom in a Box HD for iPad brings us even closer to touching an atom.
We are grateful for all the
wonderful feedback from people about Atom in a Box, so we hope to share
our fascination with science renewed in the next computing generation."
Winner in Computers In Physics' Ninth Annual Educational Software
Contest, Atom in a Box applies highly-optimized code to directly
calculate the otherwise unwieldy quantum mechanical wavefunction of an
electron while it occupies any of the 2109 eigenstates,
each generated for both the orbital render and for the equation display at run time,
up to the n=18
energy level of the Hydrogen atom. The app integrates these complex
values using Simpson's Rule through a path in 3D space to generate pixel
brightnesses. Via the iPad's multitouch interface, magnetometer, and accelerometer,
the user can reorient and interact with the atomic orbital. The software
is even able to show the "flow" of the electron around the orbital by
presenting the time-evolving phase of the wavefunction as color.