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February 24, 2018

Photo of a strontium atom


From Gizmodo


This strontium atom is emitting light after being excited by a laser.

It's the winner of the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) photography award.

Winning photographer David Nadlinger, a graduate student at the University of Oxford, was excited to be able to show off his research.

"It's exciting to find a picture that resonates with other people that shows what I spend my days and nights working on," Nadlinger said.

Nadlinger traps atoms as part of his research on quantum computing.

The laser light causes the atom to emit photons, collected using a long exposure.

He took the photo through a window into the vacuum of an ion trap.

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