B Is it possible to squash an atom?

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How do you plan on decreasing the distance between the graphene and the target?
 

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Sorry, I did see your response but didn't get round to responding, but it did make me realise why it was a bit of a silly question.
no such thing as a silly question ... it's always good to ask :smile:

I thought atoms were different sizes.
yes, they are different sizes and masses ... an atom of say lead is much bigger and heavier than an atom of say hydrogen
but as far as I'm aware you cannot use some heavy atoms to squash (compress) a smaller atom. there are atomic forces
that stop that from happening.
But you can fire other particles at an atoms and split the nucleus up. ... remember that the core of an atom is not just a solid ball
rather it is composed of smaller particles ... protons and neutrons, that can be, with enough force, split apart
pretty sure @ZapperZ is involved in that sort of work with particle accelerators

But what if it was a molecule of several atoms? could the pressure force it to break up?
you can break down a molecule to its individual atoms, but again, not by squashing the molecule


Dave
 

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