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Boy and His Atom, A

Synopsis
The ability to move single atoms, one of the smallest particles of any element in the universe, is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic-scale memory. In 2012, IBM scientists announced the creation of the world’s smallest magnetic memory bit, made of just twelve atoms. This breakthrough could transform computing by providing the world with devices that have access to unprecedented levels of data storage.

This film - a light-hearted by-product of IBM’s research - was made by using a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other). The resulting movie is so small it can be seen only when magnified 100 million times.
Language
English
Country
United States
Year of release
2012
Subjects
Information technology
Keywords
atoms; computer animation; computer art; computer science; nanotechnology

Online availability

URI
http://www.research.ibm.com/articles/madewithatoms.shtml
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed/Download

Distributor

Name

IBM

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