Japanese Research team takes image of hydrogen atom

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posted on Nov, 5 2010 @ 01:29 PM
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This sounds like a good breakthrough.
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A research team led by Yuichi Ikuhara, a professor of material science at the University of Tokyo, said Thursday they have succeeded in taking an image of a single hydrogen atom, the smallest and lightest of the chemical elements.
Although it had been thought acquiring direct images of a hydrogen atom, whose diameter is about one-ten-millionth of a millimeter, was impossible, the team managed the feat with a state-of-the-art "scanning transmission electron microscope" while examining vanadium hydride, a hydrogen storage material

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A small note about the hydrogen atom. Hydrogen is a type of atom which was created shortly after the big bang.
Hydrogen atoms can join with other atoms using covalent bonds to create hydrogen molecules, water molecules as well as most of the molecules of life.
The shell model of the atom explains why hydrogen atoms can make 1 covalent bond. In ball-and-stick diagrams we show hydrogen as a ball with one stick. In space filling models we show hydrogen as a ball with one hole.
In models hydrogen atoms are usually colored white.






 
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