In order to do this, researches from the University of Ulm have used a transmission electron microscope, which can act as a camera.
Now you can find out how a bonding between atoms is formed not by using scientific articles or auxiliary schemes, but in practice: by watching a video recorded by the German scientists as part of the SALVE project.
To get the video, the scientists used a transmission microscope that passes electrons through thin plates of materials. Thanks to this, the researchers achieved incredible resolution: the atoms of just 0.2 nanometers in size are clearly visible on the video.
They chose a carbon nanotube as a medium for the experiment. An electron beam from the microscope provoked a reaction, and the formation of atomic binding was recorded on video. Thus, the scientists not only demonstrated this amazing process to the whole world, but also proved that atomic binding can be controlled using an electron beam.
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