Quantum Mechanics (2008)
Scanning tunneling microscopy (STM) is the highest resolution imaging and nanofabrication technique available. It relies on quantum tunneling of electrons from a sharp metal tip to a conducting surface. The 71 Angstrom diameter "quantum corral" shown above was created and imaged with an ultra-high vacuum cryogenic STM. Each sharp peak in the circle is an iron atom resting on atomically flat copper. Learn more about it here and check out some other pretty pictures here. Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Rohrer won the Nobel Prize in 1986 for the invention of the STM. Read Binnig's candid autobiography and his Nobel lecture. Source: http://www.colorado.edu/physics/phys3220/phys3220_sp05/mainPage3.html
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Once you get past existence coming and going... and virtual particles... and uncertainty... and exclusion, then you are ready to enjoy the really weird stuff in the quantum world. This series eases you into quantum reality with answers to simple questions like "How do we measure the temperature of the sun?" Then it quickly gets into the fun stuff like electrons canceling each other out. And finally, quantum entanglement takes the stage as the potential future of computing, cryptography and even teleportation.
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