Atoms from the smallest building blocks of matter can normally only be displayed with very strong special microscopes. An English researcher succeeded in the impossible. Using a laser and a special electric field, the photographer succeeded in visualizing a single atom with an ordinary camera.
The small blue dot in the middle of the photo is a single atom. More precisely, the light reflected from a single strontium atom.
It is impossible to see atoms with the naked eye from the smallest building blocks of the material. David Nadlinger, Oxford University quantum physicist, succeeded in making it impossible with a special mechanism.
Holding a single strontium atom in motion on a special magnetic field, Nadlinger reflected blue and purple lasers on the atom.
The light of the laser reflected off the atom. This was recorded by the camera with a long exposure.
The scientist said, "It is incredible to see our Earth in this form."
The first photograph in history earned Nadlinger the first prize of the UK Engineering and Physics Research Council.