Scientists produce best image yet of atoms moving in real time – Scientists have recorded atomic motions in real time, offering a glimpse into the very essence of chemistry and biology at the atomic level. Their recording is a direct observation of a transition state in which atoms undergo chemical transformation into new structures with new properties — in this case the transfer of charge leading to metallic behavior in organic molecules.
M. Gao, C. Lu, H. Jean-Ruel, L.C. Liu, A. Marx, K. Onda, S. Koshihara, Y. Nakano, X. Shao, T. Hiramatsu, G. Saito, H. Yamochi, R.R. Cooney, G. Moriena, G. Sciaini, and R.J.D. Miller, “Mapping molecular motions leading to charge delocalization with ultrabright electrons”, Nature, vol. 496, pp. 343-346, 2013. http://bit.ly/Yx7B6d