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Anonymous asked in Science & MathematicsAstronomy & Space · 1 month ago

# What would happen if we kept zooming in on an atom?

On and on, into reverse infinity...?

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• Who
Lv 7
1 month ago

you run out of "space" to do the zooming

• Steven
Lv 7
1 month ago

We can not "see" anything smaller than the light waves that our eyes use. We are already using ultraviolet and X-rays to image computer chip designs because those are shorter waves. The smallest things we can image use an electron microscope. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electron_microscope

• 1 month ago

At some extreme of magnification, subatomic matter is made of energy which we humans can only represent, not see.

• 1 month ago

You can not zoom in to a distance smaller than the wavelength of the light you are using to see it.

• 1 month ago

You would get dizzy and lose your mind.

• 1 month ago

"Reverse infinity" is called infinitesimal. In the English language, the concept was popularized by Isaac Newton in the late 16th century (late 1500s) when he invented calculus - or copied it from Leibniz (if you want to start a war, just claim that you know for sure which one of them really invented calculus).

Our best understanding of subatomic particles (so far) is that they are "knots of energy" (not solid matter).  For example, a proton is a "solid" piece of matter, composed of three individual quarks.  Our understanding of quarks is such that, from their point of view, the proton is mostly empty space where three quarks "orbit" each other while constantly exchanging "vector bosons" (made of two quarks each) among themselves.

Therefore, as you zoom in on an atom, you see a very small nucleus surrounded by a very large cloud of electrons. Then as you enter the nucleus, you see individual protons and neutrons, close to each other and exchanging bosons with each other, with protons becoming neutrons and neutrons becoming protons... all the time (and very rapidly).

As you enter a proton, you'd "see" mostly empty space with three quarks swapping bosons with each other.

Go deeper and... who knows.

• 1 month ago

Stop watching The Ant-Man.

• 1 month ago

You would hit the Planck Length and it would be impossible to go any further.

• 1 month ago

Basically upto now we don't know whether the electrons are surely revolving around nucleus or are distributed evenly around nucleus disproving that they are particles. Basically what i think is that electrons are yet the illusion created by electromagnetic waves which is possible. I think you should wait for your final answer until Hitachi makes the worlds most powerful electron microscope in China. From that they will be able to zoom upto the atomic level. So what we can do is wait and watch.