The Shadow of an Atom

For the first time ever, scientists have captured an image of a shadow thrown by a single atom. In this case, the atom is an Ytterbium ion, trapped in a vacuum and cooled down to only a few ‘millikelvin’ (which is VERY cold).

Researchers captured the image using their custom-built ion trap, which was also responsible for capturing the highest-resolution image of a single atom previously.

The question is, how many atoms do you need to cast a shadow? Scientists found that it only takes one! Learn more here.


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One Response to “The Shadow of an Atom”

  1. The shadow of an atom « Geek science fact of the day Says:

    […] A single atom can throw a shadow, and researchers have captured it as an image. Credit: Centre for Quantum Dynamics […]

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