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A Quantum Microscopy Breakthrough -- Dutch Researchers Image the Inside of a Hydrogen Atom

05/28/2013 01:32PM

A Quantum Microscopy Breakthrough -- Dutch Researchers Image the Inside of a Hydrogen Atom

Astronomy is experiencing a golden era. The past decade alone has brought amazing discoveries that have excited people from all walks of life. Revolutionary new ground-based and space-based telescopes that enable us to peer deeper into space and time are announced almost on a monthly basis. But how about direct observations at the other end of the spectrum - the microscopic quantum level? There is exciting work going on there too. This past month, a team of scientists at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF) in Amsterdam announced the realization of a "Photoionization Microscope" that for the first time has provided a direct visualization of the orbital structure of a hydrogen atom.


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<br>Thanks to Glenn Littledale for finding this very interesting news item and pointing it out to me.<br><br>Thanks,<br><br>Guy Pirro<br><br>