Atom movie

A stop-motion movie made with two-atom molecules.

A movie made of two atom molecules

IBM researchers used the scanning tunneling microscope to control a super-sharp needle along a copper surface to “feel” atoms. Only 1 nanometer away from the surface, which is a billionth of a meter in distance, the needle can physically attract atoms and molecules on the surface and thus pull them to a precisely specified location on the surface.

Written on May 12, 2013