Ion Crystal Vibration Illustration (image) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Share Print E-Mail Caption This is an illustration of vibrating beryllium ions (electrically charged atoms) trapped in a crystal formation. NIST researchers cooled and slowed these 'drumhead' vibrations to nearly motionless. Credit Jordan/NIST Usage Restrictions Please use correct image credit Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.