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IBM Makes the World’s Smallest Movie

When I first heard the title, I thought it to be the movie with smallest frame that would require a magnifier to watch it. I think I somehow guessed it right.

The movie depicts a boy who is made up of individuals atoms himself and the story follows when he encounters a single atom. This movie has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records™ as the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film ever made. It’s called “A Boy And His Atom”. The movie uses actual moving atoms that are magnified over 100 million times and are recorded frame by frame. To make this possible, they use a big piece of equipment called a scanning tunneling microscope (STM) that weighs two tons and operates at a temperature of minus 268° Celsius.

“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.” IBM said on their YouTube Description.

IBM inventors – Gerd Binnig and Heinrich Roher shared the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1986 for inventing scanning tunnel microscope. It provided the first images of individual atoms on the surfaces of materials.

See Moving Atoms: Making The World’s Smallest Movie.

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  1. This is too incredible to believe that something as small as an atom can be seen and manipulated like that! Wow! Thank you for stopping by my blog. Fascinating stuff on your blog.

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