Picture of a Single Atom Wins Science Photo Contest

February 13, 2018 - photo frame

A conspicuous print of a singular atom trapped by electric fields has only been awarded a tip esteem in a obvious scholarship photography competition. The print is patrician “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” and was shot by David Nadlinger of a University of Oxford.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in a UK today announced a winning photos of a inhabitant scholarship photography competition. Nadlinger’s grand esteem print shows an atom as a pinch of light between dual steel electrodes placed about 2mm (0.078in) apart.

A stand of a winning print that shows a singular atom being dangling during a core of a frame.

The heading reads:

In a core of a picture, a tiny splendid dot is manifest – a singular positively-charged strontium atom. It is hold scarcely quiescent by electric fields emanating from a steel electrodes surrounding it. […] When bright by a laser of a right blue-violet color, a atom absorbs and re-emits light particles amply fast for an typical camera to constraint it in a prolonged bearing photograph.

This design was taken by a window of a ultra-high opening cover that houses a trap. Laser-cooled atomic ions yield a primitive height for exploring and harnessing a singular properties of quantum physics. They are used to erect intensely accurate clocks or, as in this research, as building blocks for destiny quantum computers, that could tackle problems that stymie even today’s largest supercomputers.

“The thought of being means to see a singular atom with a exposed eye had struck me as a splendidly approach and abdominal overpass between a miniscule quantum universe and a perceivable reality,” Nadlinger tells EPSRC. “A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed a numbers to be on my side, and when we set off to a lab with camera and tripods one still Sunday afternoon, we was rewarded with this sold design of a small, dark blue dot.”

The print was prisoner on Aug 7th, 2017, regulating a Canon 5D Mark II DSLR, a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens, prolongation tubes, and dual peep units with tone gels.


Image credits: Photograph and stand by David Nadlinger, pleasantness EPSRC

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