Saturday 4 May 2013

IBM Makes a Movie Out of Atoms with Microscope

The Big Blue crew managed to make a film by moving atoms of carbon monoxide, visible through a microscope capable of magnifying 100 million times. When IBM researchers in storage decide to film, the means are rather original ... Big Blue has managed the feat effect of creating a short film based animated atoms. In this short film ("A Boy and his Atom"), where you can see a boy playing with a ball and jump trampoline, are 5000 atoms of carbon monoxide that were used. Specifically, the U.S. giant has used a scanning tunneling microscope, camera effect that allows you to see the world of the infinitely small to the atoms. This device allows you to magnify objects 100 million times.

The atoms were then positioned to form the schematic image of the boy in the image of single pixels. Engineers used a very fine needle to move atoms and film frame by frame (stop-motion). "The ability to control the temperature, pressure and vibration to very specific levels that the IBM research laboratory one of the few places in the world where the atoms can be moved with such precision," said Christopher Lutz of IBM. Why did you make this "movie"? This is done for IBM to demonstrate its ability to manipulate atoms on magnetic media in optical data storage the IBM replied. Until this technology is declined storage, IBM has seen his film to be entered in the Guinness Book of Records as the "world's smallest film."

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