International research team of MBI & AMOLF in the "top 10 breakthroughs" in "physicsworld.com" 2013
The international MBI-coordinated team is honored for the work "Quantum microscope peers into the hydrogen atom", which shows that the nodal structure of electron orbitals of a hydrogen atom in a static electric field can be directly obtained by photoionization microscopy. The observation was made possible with the aid of a newly developed "quantum microscope", which uses photoionization microscopy to directly display the structure. The team has thus shown that "photoionization microscopy", the application of which was first proposed 30 years ago, can be experimentally realized and used as a tool to study the intricacies of quantum mechanics.
Further information can be found under "Highlights & News", May 21, 2013, "Hydrogen atoms under the microscope. Direct observation of node structures in electronic states of the hydrogen atom".
About the award
Physics World's editorial team has selected the top 10 contributions from 2013 from over 350 publications in "physicsworld.com", based on the following criteria: fundamental importance for research, significant gain in knowledge, close links between theory and experiment, and interest in physicists in general.
The full list of "Top 10 Breakthroughs 2013" can be found at physicsworld.com