electrons

  • Research

    Exciting exciton breakthrough

    First ever image of an electron’s orbit inside an exciton.

    Scientists have just experimentally measured the wave function of an exciton, and they’re excited about it – because ...

    Core Sciences April 22, 2021
  • A novel quantum couple

    Magnetic field moves electrons into concentric circles.

    US and Japanese researchers have created and imaged a novel pair of quantum dots – tiny islands of confined electric ...

    Core Sciences January 30, 2020
  • Electrons of the valley

    Electrons on surface of crystals huddle in “energy valleys”.

    The image above shows a visualisation of the elliptical orbits of bismuth surface electrons in a large magnetic field...

    Physics August 20, 2018
  • A new affinity for electrons and water

    Scientists find a key value used in molecular engineering is wrong.

    Models predicting the behaviour of electrons interacting with water are wide of the mark, new research shows.The fi...

    Physics January 29, 2018
  • Interstellar ice may hold the secret to life

    Low energy electrons catalyse essential organic molecules.

    Trying to understand the origins of life is perhaps the most difficult problem for chemists and biologists.  The comp...

    Physics December 17, 2017
  • Physicists solve extreme electron puzzle

    Understanding how electrons behave in extreme conditions.

    On Earth, electrons are mainly well-behaved creatures. Under extreme conditions – the kind you find in a white dwarf ...

    Physics October 10, 2017
  • World’s brightest laser illuminates realm

    At extremely high intensities the way light interacts changes.

    The brightest light ever created by humans has revealed that at high enough intensities the interactions between ligh...

    Physics June 27, 2017
  • Why is a neutron heavier than a proton?

    The slightest difference makes them weapons of mass creation.

    Galileo famously wrote that the book of nature is “written in mathematical language”. It’s true that numbers crop up ...

    Physics May 3, 2017
  • Chemical bond makes giant butterfly molecules

    An electron corrals a nearby atom closer, creating a giant molecule.

    Physicists built a new, supersized molecule made of atoms held together by a far-roaming electron – like a flock of s...

    Chemistry November 14, 2016
  • What does an electron cloud really look like?

    A new microscopy technique allows us to see the glue that holds molecules together. Viviane Richt...

    Chemists in Europe can now snap images of single molecules that are so sharp you can not only see the individual atom...

    Technology September 21, 2015
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