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RHYS LEWIS, AHS, DECD, UNISA / EQUINOX GRAPHICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY RHYS LEWIS, AHS, DECD, UNISA / EQUINOX GRAPHICS / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Atomic structure. Animation showing the structure of an atom, using the element neon (Ne) as an example. Atoms of neon, a monatomic gas, are shown at the start of the animation. The view zooms in on one of the atoms, showing its electrons (blue) occupying quantum probability shells. The diameter of the atom is shown as 1.2 angstroms (0.12 nanometres). The view then zooms in further to the much smaller atomic nucleus, which is shown to be 6 femtometres across. This is 20,000 times smaller than the width of the atom. Atomic nuclei consist of protons (red) and neutrons (yellow), which are examples of subatomic particles called baryons. For the internal structure of the protons and neutrons, see clip K005/5836.
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