Jul. 05, 2012

First Shadow Of A Single Atom

by Ira Flatow

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What does a single atom look like? David Kielpinski and his group at Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia were able, for the first time,  to photograph the shadow of a single atom, an ion of the element ytterbium.  Here is the picture of what that shadow looked like.
 
The research was published in Nature Communications.
 
 
 
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