Quantum Microscope

Quantum Microscope Blender Add-On

Quantum Microscope is an open source add-on to Blender, simulating subatomic particles and the formation of matter using classical physics. It provides a microscopic look at molecules, atoms, atomic nuclei, particles and spacetime, using the theoretical model from (EWT). A video summarizing some of its features can be found here.

Version 1.0 (August 8, 2020)


How to install the add-on to Blender and use the Quantum Microscope simulator:

  1. Download the Quantum Microscope Add-On zip (from Download button above)
  2. Open the Blender app (ensure that it is v2.8 or later)
  3. In Blender, under the Edit menu select Preferences
  4. Select Add-Ons
  5. Select Install and navigate to the quantum-microscope.zip file downloaded in step 1.
  6. Select the checkbox next to “Quantum Microscope” to enable 
    the add-on

There are multiple simulations in the Quantum Microscope add-on. Once the add-on is successfully installed, the following steps may be taken to run a simulation:

  1. Open the Blender app, ensuring it is defaulted to the Layout workspace
  2. Open the Sidebar by selecting View->Sidebar. Alternatively, you may press the “N” key.
  3. The Sidebar should appear on the right of the Layout workspace. Select the Qscope tab.
  4. Select the Run “X” button under the Simulator panel to run each type of simulation (X)

The simulation has multiple types, representing a greater zoom factor, from the smallest particles to molecules. Each type assumes the physics of a previous phase (type) which is re-used for scalability. For example, the physics of a standing wave is proven in Phase 1 Spacetime for efficiency in Phase 2 Particles.

Each simulation has its own panel with various UI options to control the simulation. After changing UI controls, the simulation is started by selecting the “Run X” button, where X is the simulation type. The UI options and suggested steps to run in each simulation type is addressed in its own ReadMe, where each phase folder can be found in the root directory add-on zip file.

Simulation TypeReadMe
Spacetime (e.g. neutrino)phase1/ReadMe.md
Particles (e.g. electron)phase2/ReadMe.md
Nucleons (e.g. protons)phase3/ReadMe.md
Atoms (e.g. hydrogen)phase4/ReadMe.md
Molecules (e.g. molecular hydrogen)phase5/ReadMe.md

Many of the settings are exposed in the UI, either in the simulation type, or in the bottom tab labelled Quantum Microscope. 

The simulator has additional configuration options not exposed in the UI. These additional config options require editing a text file. Using a text editor, from the root directory of the scripts, open the common/config.py file and make any necessary changes.

Simulating with 100% real physics requires changes to the scripts or Blender’s physics engine. Developers may wish to contribute and enhance the simulation. Each simulation type has its own ReadMe file (see table above), detailing what needs to be improved or corrected. There are also TODOs marked in the Python scripts. Refer to the EWT Project for general information about the project and the initial requirements for the simulator.

See the project ReadMe file for more details on how to contribute.