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Probability densities for the electron of a hydrogen atom in different quantum states. (ref: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quantum_state)

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The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atoms Orbital Structure What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an atom’s electron orbital — an atoms actual wave function! To capture the image, researchers utilized a new quantum microscope — an incredible new device that literally allows scientists to gaze into the quantum realm.

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The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure - What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an atom’s electron orbital — an atom's actual wave function! To capture the image, researchers utilized a new quantum microscope — an incredible new device that literally allows scientists to gaze into the quantum realm.

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"Joules of the Universe". Diagram depicting all energy levels in the universe, beginning with a single photon, then progressing up to the energy of a hydrogen atom, the energy of an atomic bomb, the yearly output of the sun, and finally the total energy output of the universe. Memorable steps along the way include the energy in a ton of coal, and the energy of a bumblebee traveling at half the speed of light.

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Line spectrum: a series of fine lines of individual colors separated by colorless (black) spaces; the wavelengths of these spectral lines are characteristic of the element producing them; this occurs, when light from excited hydrogen atoms pass through a narrow slit and are refracted by a prism; the light doesn't create a continuous spectrum or rainbow; it creates a line spectrum; atoms are excited when the element is vaporized and then thermally or electrically excited

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For the first time, scientists have discovered a classic formula for pi in the world of quantum physics. Pi is the ratio between a circle's circumference and its diameter, and is incredibly important in pure mathematics, but now scientists have...

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A newly-developed “quantum microscope” uses photoionization and an electrostatic magnifying lens to directly observe the electron orbitals of an excited hydrogen atom.

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