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  1. #1 do electron microscopes account for this? 
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    i was thinking of how we use electron microscopes to detect electrons around an atom. i was also contemplating the uncertainty principle and its dependence on the fact that the photons we use to detect electrons move them. we know from experimentation that photons excite electrons.

    my question is, if we use an electron microscope to detect the electrons in an atom multiple times, might the actual orbital actually be a bit closer to the atom?

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    I'm reasonably sure we don't use electron microscopes for that. We can see individual atoms (as fuzzy blobs) with them, but not individual electrons.

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