Image of single atom suspended in electric fields wins best science photography prize

An impression of a one atom of the steel strontium suspended in electric fields has gained a prestigious science photography prize.

David Nadlinger&#8217s photograph, Solitary Atom In An Ion Faucet, was captured by means of the window of a vacuum chamber in an Oxford University laboratory, using an regular electronic digital camera on a prolonged publicity shot.

Two steel electrodes, two millimetres aside, held the strontium virtually motionless as it was illuminated with a blue-violet-coloured laser.

The picture conquer a lot more than a hundred entries to claim initial location total in the 2018 Engineering and Physical Sciences Investigation Council (EPSRC) science images competition.