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According to Live Science (This article and its images were originally posted on Live Science October 17, 2018 at 03:28PM.)
Electrons are extremely round, and some physicists are not pleased about it.
A new experiment captured the most detailed view of electrons to date, using lasers to reveal evidence of particles surrounding the particles, researchers reported in a new study. By lighting up molecules, the scientists were able to interpret how other subatomic particles alter the distribution of an electron’s charge. [The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics]
The symmetrical roundness of the electrons suggested that unseen particles aren’t big enough to skew electrons into squashed oblong shapes, or ovals. These findings once again confirm a long-standing physics theory, known as the Standard Model, which describes how particles and forces in the universe behave.
At the same time, this new discovery could overturn several alternative physics theories that attempt to fill in the blanks about phenomena that the Standard Model can’t explain. This sends some probably very disgruntled physicists back to the drawing board, said study co-author David DeMille, a professor with the Department of Physics at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut.
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