Scientists Have Discovered the Sound an Atom Makes

And it’s very, very quiet. From Salon:

Scientists from Columbia University and Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology captured the sound of a single excited atom — aphonon — for the first time ever. This incredible accomplishment, published in the journal Science on Thursday, could change the future of quantum communication.So what does a single atom in motion sound like? It is one of the faintest sounds physically feasible. The sound is so incredibly soft, the researchers weren’t able to actually hear it.

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