article electron dot diagrams are a fascinating way to describe the behavior of electron and other atoms, according to new research.
Electrons are typically arranged into narrow bands, known as “arrows,” with many of their atoms located near the bottom of the band.
But in the early stages of an electron’s lifetime, atoms can move in and out of these bands, creating a “circular electron” diagram, according the research.
This diagram is then interpreted as the shape of an atom, according one of the paper’s authors, Michael D. Bienenstock, a research scientist at the University of Minnesota.
By using a process called “dynamical excitation,” Bienet is able to make the circular electron diagram by using a small number of electron atoms.
The team then used the circular diagram to produce a digital circuit that was able to excite the brain.
The circuit produced a “quantum dot” of calcium atoms that are excited by an electric field and produce a “high-energy” current in the brain, the team reports online today in Nature Photonics.
This current could potentially lead to the formation of an artificial electron, Bienett says.
The process is similar to the way an electron is excited when it is moving around inside a conductor, which is how electrical devices such as mobile phones and cameras work.
Bensstock says he hopes the discovery will be useful in developing new kinds of circuits for electronic devices.