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First image of a hydrogen atom’s electron orbital!

First image ever captured of a hydrogen atom's electron orbitals.

First image ever captured of a hydrogen atom’s electron orbitals.

If there are two things that any chemistry student can live without (okay, if we had to name ONLY two things), it’s Lewis Dot Structures and quantum numbers. Now, thanks to a team of researchers in the Netherlands at the FOM Institute for Atomic and Molecular Physics (AMOLF), chemistry class is now changed forever.
Using a quantum microscope, a spectacular new instrument that allows scientists to gaze into the quantum realm using photoionization microscopy, the four stages of hydrogen can now be seen visually, a phenomena that chemists and chemistry students alike could only guess at previously using time consuming formulas and graphs.

It looks like chemistry class just got more interesting (hopefully)!

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A hydrogen atom's four states, clearly depicted using a quantum microscope.

A hydrogen atom’s four states, clearly depicted using a quantum microscope.

 


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