Moving Atoms: Making The World’s Smallest Movie


Grab some popcorn, because you are about to see the World’s Smallest Stop-Motion Film (Guinness World Records approved)! Created by IBM researchers, the movie stars 5,000 carbon monoxide atoms magnified over 100 million times on a scanning tunneling microscope. The team moved actual atoms frame by frame to tell the story of a boy named Adam and his atom! To keep the atoms still, the conditions were -260 degrees centigrade. Moving atoms, not only makes a fascinating little movie, but the implications for atomic memory in computers that will come from this research will allow devices to get even smaller.


After the movie, be sure to watch the behind-the-scenes documentary that follows where you can take a peek inside the lab where the movie was made and meet the researchers behind the novel idea. It’s very short and will blow your mind, but don’t take my word for it! You can learn more about atomic memory and data storage on

Below is a video about how they made the movie:

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