A scientist captured an impossible photo of a single atom

Using an ordinary camera, with the help of long exposure, a laser, and two electrodes to suspend the atom in the air, a Scientist called David Nadlinger successfully took a photo of a single glowing strontium atom.

How awesome is that!

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When illuminated by a laser of the right blue-violet colour, the atom absorbs and re-emits light particles sufficiently quickly for an ordinary camera to capture it in a long exposure photograph. Learn more here.

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