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Physicists peer into hydrogen atom using quantum microscope

By Jorge Rivero González. Published on 25 June 2013 in:
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An international team of physicists has directly observed for the first time the orbital structure of an excited hydrogen atom by building a quantum-like microscope. This device allowed them to gaze deep inside the hydrogen atom by magnifying its orbital structure to laboratory-scale dimensions.

Quantum mechanics rules the micro-scale world. The development of this theory in the early 20th century changed the way scientists understand nature. Central to this theory is the concept of…

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New President of the Netherlands Physical Society

By Marieke de Boer. Published on 25 June 2013 in:
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The Nederlandse Natuurkundige Vereniging – The Netherlands Physical Society [NNV] organised its first on-line presidential elections in March 2013. All NNV members were invited to vote for the candidates. In total 360 members did so – about 10% of all members. Professor Jan van Ruitenbeek received 54% of the total votes cast and was elected as the new NNV president. He took up office during FYSICA 2013, the yearly symposium of the Netherlands Physical Society.
Jan van Ruitenbeek, former NNV treasurer, is a professor in Experimental Physics at Leiden University…

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