A student at the University of Oxford is being celebrated in the world of science photography for capturing a single, floating atom with an ordinary camera.
Using long exposure, PhD candidate David Nadlinger took a photo of a glowing atom in an intricate web of laboratory machinery. In it, the single strontium atom is illuminated by a laser while suspended in the air by two electrodes. For a sense of scale, those two electrodes on each side of the tiny dot are only two millimeters apart.
The image won first prize in a science photo contest conducted by UK based Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).