May 1, 2013 AT 7:37 am

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

You’re about to see the movie that holds the Guinness World Records™ record for the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film. The ability to move single atoms — the smallest particles of any element in the universe — is crucial to IBM’s research in the field of atomic memory. But even nanophysicists need to have a little fun. In that spirit, 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. A movie made with atoms.

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2 Comments

  1. Louis Leblanc

    I like to think I also make movies by moving atoms around.

  2. @Louis – not one at a time though…

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