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The calculated valence electron density of a silicon
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The calculated valence electron density of a silicon nanocrystal.

May 19, 2010
The calculated valence electron density of a silicon nanocrystal. This research was funded in part by National Science Foundation grants DMR 01-02668 and DMR 01-21361. [One of three related images. See Next Related Image.]

More about this Image This plot shows where all the electrons tend to be moving within the silicon nanocrystal. Each electron in the molecule exists in a strangely shaped orbit, but when looking at all the electrons and their orbits, the average is this. Note how the plot looks like the electrons form clouds around all the atoms and in between neighboring atoms. This plot shows the bonds that exist between atoms that hold the molecule together. (Year of image: 2002)


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