An image of a single Strontium atom captured by physicists at Oxford University has won a science photography prize.
Shot by David Nadlinger at the Clarendon Laboratory at the university’s department of physics, the image is described as a “Single Atom In An Ion Tap”.
The image, shot using a normal digital camera on a long exposure, is a result of an experiment that Mr Nadlinger and his team are working on – the development of quantum computing using laser-manipulated trapped ions.
Mr Nadlinger said: “The idea of being able to see a single atom with the naked eye had struck me as a wonderfully direct and visceral bridge between the miniscule quantum world and our macroscopic reality.
“When I set off to the lab with camera and tripods one quiet Sunday afternoon, I was rewarded with this particular picture of a small, pale blue dot.”