The Ultimate Macro Image - A Single Atom

Discussion in 'Macro' started by bgelfand, Feb 17, 2018.

  1. Be sure to read the comments after the article to understand, or not understand, what you're actually seeing. Isn't quantum physics fun?:)
     
  2. I saw that. It doesn't get much more macro than that, does it?
     
  3. Norman 202

    Norman 202 i am the light

    horizon’s a bit iffy.
     
  4. I forwarded this to my nuclear physicist wife for comment. We'll see what she has to say. I would note that what we are seeing is a re-emission (NOT reflection) of photons (light particles?) from the atom, not incident light, so it is a bit of a stretch to say we are "seeing" a single atom. It is not terribly different from what we see in a cloud chamber, which is condensation caused by the passage of sub-atomic particles, not the sub-atomic particles themselves. In both cases we observe the physical effects of the small particles on their environments, but not the particles proper. Still, a fascinating and engaging image...
     
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  5. I think this information and picture just sealed the deal for my grandson who is so excited when we talk about things like this...he is thrilled to see such a sight as I am. Thank you for posting it. Amazing capture!
     
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  7. SCL

    SCL

    Good cloud chamber analogy.
     

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