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Deckerd September 14 2012 02:35 PM

Cool pic of a molecule
 
Like it says, here

Robert Maxwell September 14 2012 03:09 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
That is pretty amazing.

Methos September 14 2012 03:25 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
ok thats pretty funky :)

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farmkid September 14 2012 04:13 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
I've been aware of atomic force microscopy for a while now, but it never ceases to amaze me. These pictures are incredible compared to the ones from some of the earlier experiments.

Rhaven September 14 2012 04:18 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
That's just awesome!

Crazy Eddie September 14 2012 04:31 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
Am I interpreting these images correctly that the atoms themselves aren't truly visible and the hexagonal lines trace the outline of the bonds between them? (in which case the atoms would be located at the intersections of those lines). Which would be interesting if that were the case, because in some of those images there are curved "bubbles" that bend outwards to locations where there should be additional atoms but nothing is actually there. It would be even more interesting to see a new atom or molecule fall into that slot and watch how the structure changes as the energy levels rearrange themselves.

Robert Maxwell September 14 2012 04:34 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
Quote:

newtype_alpha wrote: (Post 6960568)
Am I interpreting these images correctly that the atoms themselves aren't truly visible and the hexagonal lines trace the outline of the bonds between them? (in which case the atoms would be located at the intersections of those lines). Which would be interesting if that were the case, because in some of those images there are curved "bubbles" that bend outwards to locations where there should be additional atoms but nothing is actually there. It would be even more interesting to see a new atom or molecule fall into that slot and watch how the structure changes as the energy levels rearrange themselves.

One of the things they are trying to investigate is why those bonds aren't always straight lines. Fascinating stuff. There is the world we see, and then the strange, alien world that exists at the molecular/atomic/quantum level.

Crazy Eddie September 14 2012 05:05 PM

Re: Cool pic of a molecule
 
Hate to pitch a total crackpot theory, but WSM (Wave Structure of Matter) would postulate that the funky shape of those bounds has to do with the enclosed regions between them, the blue (or red) bubbles outlined by the bonds. In WSM theory, covalent bonds are formed by "shade cones," fields of force radiating from atomic nuclei like little tractor beams that have the ability to capture electrons. The path of those cones can actually be deformed by regions of higher energy density (the colored regions) since in WSM, it's the incoming energy of radiation pressure that forms those force fields in the first place.


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