IBM Atomic Shorts: What we can learn from moving atoms


See the world’s smallest movie at Why do the researchers move atoms (other than making movies)? In this Atomic Short, an IBM scientist talks about the real focus of the team’s research, and the discoveries it could lead to. Learn more about atomic memory, data storage and big data at


  1. surface is made up of electron cloud made by the copper metal beneath it (as in a metal the electron cloud is on the surface)

  2. i mean that what you are actually seeing is cloud of electron and beneath it is the copper atom so you will see the smooth surface

  3. Hi, can you please reveal what is the actual image we see? Why do we see the waves around the atom? I am certain that it is a magnetic field, at least this is the main assumption of my research. Can you confirm? Thank you.

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