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Watching Electrons Move Within an Atom


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Argon atom in a Rydberg state

Visualization of an argon atom in a Rydberg state (three spheres) at different points in time, after bombardment by X-ray photons. The circular patterns at left are those formed by the X-rays after they scatter. The three images in sequence show the evolution of the atom in space and time.

Credit: Adam Kirrander

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