# Electron microscope, res of 43 PICOmeters:

sonhouse
Science 20 Feb '15 16:36
1. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
20 Feb '15 16:361 edit
http://phys.org/news/2015-02-atomic-resolution-holography-electron-microscope-world.html

This is some serious res!

How would you calculate the # of times of amplification at that res? Like we speak of a microscope with 1000 power magnification, what would the equivalent be for that beast?
2. 22 Feb '15 17:32
Originally posted by sonhouse
http://phys.org/news/2015-02-atomic-resolution-holography-electron-microscope-world.html

This is some serious res!

How would you calculate the # of times of amplification at that res? Like we speak of a microscope with 1000 power magnification, what would the equivalent be for that beast?
So are we talking sub-atomic particles here? Maybe even the strings themselves? I wish I had one in my basement.
3. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
24 Feb '15 13:04
So are we talking sub-atomic particles here? Maybe even the strings themselves? I wish I had one in my basement.
Getting down there for sure. 1 picometer=.01 angstroms. So 0.43 picometers =.0043 angstroms. Spectacular resolution for sure. It can show where atoms are very accurately.

A typical distance between atoms is around 3 angstroms. So this kind of super res will probably make for the next round of scientific advancement.

Not ready for strings however. That would be something like 40 orders of magnitude better yet.
4. 24 Feb '15 13:44
Originally posted by sonhouse
Getting down there for sure. 1 picometer=.01 angstroms. So 0.43 picometers =.0043 angstroms. Spectacular resolution for sure. It can show where atoms are very accurately.

A typical distance between atoms is around 3 angstroms. So this kind of super res will probably make for the next round of scientific advancement.

Not ready for strings however. That would be something like 40 orders of magnitude better yet.
What about quantum non-locality ? Once you make an observation, it throws everything off. Uhh, I might be mixing things up a bit, I mean where a positron is both a wave and a particle at the same time....
5. sonhouse
Fast and Curious
24 Feb '15 16:051 edit
What about quantum non-locality ? Once you make an observation, it throws everything off. Uhh, I might be mixing things up a bit, I mean where a positron is both a wave and a particle at the same time....
There is that, but I think you would run into problems only at a res probably a thousand times greater than this latest work.

It would really be neat to have an instrument that could directly visualize that effect, like see the physical location judder about as you are looking at it.
6. 24 Feb '15 16:05
So are we talking sub-atomic particles here? Maybe even the strings themselves? I wish I had one in my basement.
It depends on what sub-atomic particles you are talking about. A typical atom nucleus has a radius on the order of about 1-10 femtometers or 0.001-0.01 picometers. The nucleus itself, of course, is composed of other, smaller particles.
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