A Boy and His Atom: The World's Smallest Movie

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

You’re about to see the movie, A Boy and His Atom: The World’s Smallest 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.

Enjoy!


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