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Inside of a hydrogen atom photographed


Posted on Thursday, 30 May, 2013 | Comment icon 26 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: Stodolna et al

 
For the first time scientists have been able to take a close-up picture of the inside of an atom.

The image represents a scale so small that even the individual electrons are visible whizzing around the atom. It was taken using a new 'quantum microscope' developed by Aneta Stodolna and her colleagues at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics. To obtain the image, Stodolna zapped the atom with laser pulses, creating an interference pattern that could be magnified and captured on camera.

"This experiment - initially proposed more than 30 years ago - provides a unique look at one of the few atomic systems that has an analytical solution to the Schrödinger equation," researcher Christopher T. L. Smeenk wrote in a paper that accompanied the experiment.

"Scientists have captured the first ever photo of an electron’s whizzing orbit within a hydrogen atom, thanks to a unique new microscopy technique."

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Comment icon #17 Posted by sepulchrave on 31 May, 2013, 5:03
Thank you, sepulchrave, you're the man (or woman.) I had to read them twice but I got it. I just have to say you did a great job of simplifying this for the masses. Thanks. No problem! I can never resist an opportunity to explain a difficult scientific concept in terms of a person running around butt naked. Pants are a conspiracy forced on us by a oppressive government! Wake up, people!
Comment icon #18 Posted by Irrelevant on 31 May, 2013, 7:57
Does your post come with subtitles? im just quoting this because that picture is a riot...Frank melton used it on me in one of my posts , its very funny! .
Comment icon #19 Posted by freetoroam on 31 May, 2013, 10:48
im just quoting this because that picture is a riot...Frank melton used it on me in one of my posts , its very funny! . haha, its one of my favorites. I reckon it should be included with the standard smilies, especially on this site.
Comment icon #20 Posted by shrooma on 31 May, 2013, 11:07
ryan reynolds- born to look 'huh?!' :-)
Comment icon #21 Posted by Irrelevant on 31 May, 2013, 11:52
An electron is one of the smallest particles in nature and they interact with individual photons of light. There's no way that enough photons could reflect back from a single electron to portray it image to any recording device.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Irrelevant on 31 May, 2013, 11:53
An electron is one of the smallest particles in nature and they interact with individual photons of light. There's no way that enough photons could reflect back from a single electron to portray it image to any recording device.
Comment icon #23 Posted by and then on 31 May, 2013, 13:08
An electron is one of the smallest particles in nature and they interact with individual photons of light. There's no way that enough photons could reflect back from a single electron to portray it image to any recording device. Not yet.....
Comment icon #24 Posted by Evening Star on 31 May, 2013, 13:18
Have they ever deduced just how fast those electrons are when they orbit the nucleous? is it Light Speed? Close to "light speed", I would imagine, but not quite as fast. Although electrons don't necessarily orbit.
Comment icon #25 Posted by Irrelevant on 2 June, 2013, 2:40
Not yet..... whilst i never say never ,on this one it could be almost certain...but not yet is cute. lol
Comment icon #26 Posted by Lex540 on 5 June, 2013, 10:28
hokay mahwina


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