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Shadow of an atom

This is the image of first recorded image of an atom’s shadow. Looks like a beautiful wallpaper, right.

This image has been taken at the Griffith University in Brisbane, Queensland. To take the shadow the researchers used a big atom—Ytterbium which has an atomic mass of 174—and cooled it down to -273°C to keep it stable. They then illuminated it and captured the resulting shadow using a Fresnel lens.

The researchers explain that the techniques could be used to create extremely high-res biological imaging systems, that can monitor samples like DNA without damaging them.

(Image source: http://gizmodo.com)

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