Wednesday, 1 May 2013

A Boy And His Atom - The World's Smallest Movie by IBM

IBM today released the world's smallest movie named 'A Boy And His Atom'. The movie is made by IBM researchers using scanning tunneling microscope which helped them to move thousands of carbon monoxide molecules. This movie can only be seen when you magnify it 100 million times.

The STM (Scanning Tunneling Microscope) device works by passing electrically charged and sharp metal needle across the surface of a sample. As the tip nears features on the surface, the charge can 'jump the gap' in a quantum physics effect called tunneling.

The 90 second movie is actually a set of 243 frames of atoms with different arrangement. It depicts a boy playing with a 'ball' made of a single atom, dancing, and jumping on a trampoline.

According to IBM the movie currently holds the Guinness World Record for the World's Smallest Movie.

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