‘Molecular Ghost Dance’ – a quantum-inspired short film
‘Molecular Ghost Dance‘ was invited to be part of the Labcocine ‘Afterlife’ themed October 2017 issue running in parallel with the 10th Imagine Science Film Festival in New York. The version included in Labocine can also be seen on Vimeo (70 seconds).
Also watch ‘Molecular Ghost Dance‘ (annotated version) on Vimeo (58 seconds).
About: Molecular Ghost Dance visualises the changing quantum energy patterns associated with molecular movement. Light from molecules create a ‘ghost’ or specter that we record in the Laser Lab at Flinders University, South Australia. This is the only lab in the world that can record such finely detailed information about molecules as they change shape. Each dot in the patterns corresponds to a quantum energy change as the molecule changes shape or ‘dances’. Patterns shown at the start of the movie match experimentally recorded patterns for a particular molecule. Quantum calculations let us see how the energy patterns can change as the molecule adjusts shape to create the ‘dancing’ patterns seen in the rest of the movie.
The title is inspired by the origin of the word spectrum where early scientists such as Newton thought they were seeing specters or ghosts and by the music used in the film ‘Ghost Dance’ by Kevin McLeod (incompetech.com) (Licensed under Creative Commons: Attribution 3.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/)