A Boy And His Atom

What can you make out of few atoms? This Stop Motion Movie Is Animated Using Individual Atoms article tells that researchers at IBM take a break from exploring the limits of data storage at the molecular level—and instead make stop motion films, animated entirely with individual atoms. This is the result: A Boy And His Atom: The World’s Smallest Movie

The video was created using a custom, IBM-manufactured microscope which operates at -268°C, IBM claims this is the “world’s smallest movie.” IBM researchers used a scanning tunneling microscope to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules (two atoms stacked on top of each other), all in pursuit of making a movie so small it can be seen only when you magnify it 100 million times. It holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. I can see this as continuation to “IBM” atoms done is 1990.

See how it was made in Moving Atoms: Making The World’s Smallest Movie video. Meet the scientists, see how they made a movie with atoms, and find out more about their research in the field of atomic memory and data storage.

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