This First Ever Photograph of an Atom is Taking the Internet by Storm
The science and technology of the new world, of the modern times of the 21st century, are giving us the special opportunities to go one step further than our ancestors in finding the greatest, the deepest and best kept secrets of the universe.
Us, humans, are creatures with inquisitive minds and behavior. Because of this, we always want to have better insight in all things, so we will be able to understand them, accept them and manipulate them, reshape the world according to our wishes and ideas.
In February 2018, a revolutionary photograph was taken with an ordinary camera. In February 2018 the image won the overall prize for science photography in the fifth annual competition hosted by Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Centre (EPSRC) in the U.K. It is a simple picture of a single atom!
This is the first picture of an atom in the history. The creator, David Nadlinger of the Oxford University said this in one of his interviews:
“A back-of-the-envelope calculation showed the numbers to be on my side, and when I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot.”
Mr. Nadlinger realized that a positively charged strontium atom will absorb and emit a specific hue of violet-blue laser. So, one Sunday he took a long exposure with his camera, knowing that there would be enough light reflected by the strontium ion to appear on film.
This awesome approach in silence explains how the little particles combined to build the wonderful world all around us. They all consist strong energy and have their own way of existence. Believe it or not, 27.000 atoms in just a few nanometers! This was confirmed in a recent research by the University of California in Los Angeles by cutting-edge imaging technology that enabled the group of scientists to map out the atomic arrangement of a platinum particle.
This new approach will open a huge perspective for all scientists working in this field. There is a high expectation that the quantum physics will give us many new answers coming from the micro-world all around us.