Physicists determine 3-D positions of individual atoms for the first time

21 septiembre 2015

Atoms are the building blocks of all matter on Earth, and the patterns in which they are arranged dictate how strong, conductive or flexible a material will be. Now, scientists have used a powerful microscope to image the 3-dimensional positions of individual atoms to a precision of 19 trillionths of a meter, which is several times smaller than a hydrogen atom.