Atomic Physics News

Atomic physics is the branch of physics that studies the structure and properties of atoms, focusing on the behavior and interactions of electrons in the outer shells rather than the nucleus itself. This field delves into the composition of atomic electrons, the processes by which these electrons move between energy levels, and how they emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation. Central to atomic physics are the principles of quantum mechanics, which explain the discrete nature of energy levels in atoms and the probabilistic behavior of electrons. Discoveries in atomic physics have led to practical applications such as lasers, quantum computing, and various medical imaging techniques. Additionally, understanding atomic structure and electron configuration has fundamental implications for chemistry, material science, and the broader field of quantum physics.

The Crystal That Can Bend Time

Researchers have created an extremely exotic state of matter. Its atoms have a diameter a hundred times larger than usual. Time crystals, originally proposed by…