Single Atom Serves as World’s Smallest Magnet and Data Storage Device – IEEE Spectrum

An international team of researchers have produced the world’s smallest magnet and demonstrated that it’s possible to use that magnet—an individual atom—to store a single bit of data.

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  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    IBM Researchers Prove It Is Possible To Store Data In a Single Atom

    In an experiment published today in Nature, IBM researchers have managed to read and write data to a single atom. A previous atomic storage technique, as mentioned by TechCrunch, doesn’t actually store data in the atom, but moves them around to form readable patterns. “This means that imbuing individual atoms with a 0 or 1 is the next major step forward and the next major barrier in storing data digitally, both increasing capacity by orders of magnitude and presenting a brand new challenge to engineers and physicists,” reports TechCrunch.

    Storing data in a single atom proved possible by IBM researchers


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