Using advanced microscopy methods, scientists captured a moment of breaking of a chemical bond, around half a million times smaller than the width of a human hair. We are now the first generation of humans to have seen atoms.
An atom gives off energy and causes many other atoms in its vicinity to emit light as well. This phenomenon is called 'superradiance'. For the first time, this phenomenon has now bean measured in a solid-state system.
In this case a beam of lead “atoms” traveled through the accelerator with at least one electron attached. The physicists hope to one day use these accelerated atoms in a next-generation experiment.
An Australian-US team has devised a way to make a broad class of atomically thin metal oxides, including 2D versions of materials already in use by the electronics industry. Their secret is a room temperature liquid metal.
A team of Chinese scientists announced that they have developed a new bright VUV FEL light source. Vacuum Ultra Violet (VUV) light sources are especially useful for sensitive detection of atoms, molecules and clusters.
Researchers have made the world's smallest radio receiver - built out of an assembly of atomic-scale defects in pink diamonds.
For centuries, scientists believed that light couldn't be focused down smaller than its wavelength. Now, researchers have created the world's smallest magnifying glass, which focuses light a billion times more tightly, down to the scale of single atoms.
Rydberg molecules are formed when an electron is kicked far from an atom's nucleus. A physicist theorized in 2002 that such a molecule could attract and bind to another atom.
Every day, modern society creates more than a billion gigabytes of new data. To store all this data, it is increasingly important that each single bit occupies as little space as possible. A team of scientists managed to bring this reduction to the ultimate limit.
Physicists have confirmed the existence of a new form of atomic nuclei, and the fact that it's not symmetrical challenges the fundamental theories of physics that explain our Universe.
Cast your mind back to high school chemistry and you might remember the van der Waals force: The weak bond between molecules, caused by the way their electrons shift at the atomic level. Now, for the first time, those tiny forces have been measured between two atoms.