January 26, 2012

Rice Lab Mimics Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids

Rice University physicists have built an accurate model of part of the solar system inside a single atom. In a new paper in Physical Review Letters, Rice’s team and collaborators from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the Vienna University of Technology showed they could make an electron orbit the atomic nucleus in the same way that Jupiter’s Trojan asteroids orbit the sun.  credit:  Rice University

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