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Brown University

Ion Bombardment of Metals

Caption: This shows a computer-model image of an island of metal atoms formed after bombardment by noble gas ions. Atoms disturbed by the bombardment cluster together under the surface and then glide back up in a matter of 2.1 trillionths of a second, or picoseconds .

Credit: Kim Lab/Brown University

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