A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

By | January 8, 2020

Moving atoms

For some reason a paper copy of “Chemical and Engineering News” (November 11, 2019 – Vol 97 Issue 44) ended up in my hands, and I almost missed this fun section named: “30 years of moving atoms: How scanning probe microscopes revolutionized nanoscience” (link.)

The article is progressing over time from 1993 til now. There is a section about a short animated movie made in 2013 at IBM made by moving single atoms. The movie is just below, and I added links related to explaining things in the movie, which include the ripples that we see when atoms are moved…

The technology used is STM, scanning tunneling microscopy.

(The last entry is from 2018 with a molecule-sized electronic circuit.)

A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

Related short videos:

Also useful is the illustration of scanning tunneling microscopy in this video (jump to 7:38min)



November 11, 2019 Issue – C&EN – American Chemical Society, Volume 97 | Issue 44: cen.acs.org/magazine/97/09744.html – [Archived November 18, 2019]

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