Researchers Photograph An Atom’s Shadow

I feel like I’m looking at portals, but no — this is the first photograph ever of a single atom’s shadow.

It was captured by researchers at Griffith University’s Centre for Quantum Dynamics in Australia, using a “super high-resolution microscope” that renders the atom’s shadow just dark enough to be picked up by a digital camera.

According to the Daily Mail, no other facility has a microscope powerful enough to take this image. It is, and quite possibly shall remain, the “smallest shadow ever photographed.”

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Image: Griffith University

What’s the point? This breakthrough might, in the future, assist with biological imaging and, according to researchers, may even “be useful for quantum computing.”


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