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Stephen Wells-Burr asked the Naked Scientists: I understand that atoms are made up of a nucleus and electrons. The electrons orbit the nucleus in cloud like shells. The distance between the electrons and the nucleus is relatively very large.My question is what fills the gap in between? If this is nothing, then is this a vacuum? Or could it be the mysterious dark matter everyone is looking for?What do you think?
In quantum mechanics we treat the space between the nucleus and the surrounding electrons as if there's nothing between them.