A diagram of the chemical structures of chlorine ion.
The red arrows show the direction of the charge of the ions, while the blue arrows show their charge distribution.
The electron microscope image was captured by a high-resolution electron microscope on a 4-inch (10.6cm) wide-angle (HV) Triton microscope.
Credit: J. W. G. van der Brug, MD, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UKChlorine ions with arsenic atoms have long been thought to be a common form of electron.
However, it was not until recent years that researchers have been able to measure and map the charge distribution of these ions.
The new work from a team of researchers led by Prof. J.W. G., van der Aarst of the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of Bristol, UK, shows that the charge distributions of chlorine ions are highly correlated with the presence of arsenic atoms.
The team also found that the presence and distribution of an electron can be used to map the electron configuration of a molecule.
The research was published in Nature Communications.