That’s an Atom

“When I spent one Sunday night working on a photograph in our basement laboratory last August, I was admittedly quite pleased with the results.”

That spec in the middle, that’s a single atom. Or, at least the light emitted from that single atom.

A single atom. Photo by David Nadlinger

Photo by David Nadlinger

A bit of clarification from the scientist:

Is this an advance in science? Have single atoms been photographed before?

In short: Not in the least; and yes, probably even before I was born.

Via Colossal