Well yeah they do have my attention now. I've heard about them being able to have memory that is as small as 4 atoms wide which should be the next big leap in technology hopefully.
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I looked it up and apparently those are carbon monoxide atoms (I had to know). :D
Also Each frame measures just 45 by 25 nanometers. There are 25 million nanometers in an inch... which means that each frame is 1 millionth of an inch tall.
I am in awe.
I really had no idea that anyone was able to do something like this, yet. Manipulating single atoms so effectively does seem to bode well for future nanotech.
This is amazing!
I'm curious as to what the process that they use to move those atoms!
Any chance we could see this as a new technological advancement in data?
Loved this ! If one clicks the link Seth so kindly provides, one learns that the structures being manipulated on the screen, rather than single atoms, are carbon monoxide molecules, i e, pairs of atoms tightly bound to each other, on a copper plate background. This doesn't in any way diminish the work done in the IBM labs, which bodes extremely well for future developments in nanoscale technology ; I merely point it out for the sake of accuracy. Thanks to Seth for posting this cool animation ; don't neglect to also check out the clip in which Andreas Heinrich explains the noise heard when the molecules are moved, which is available from the IBM website !...
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