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Physics Accomplishment | 1990

IBM researcher: Don Eigler

Where the work was done: IBM Almaden Research Center

What we accomplishedIn the 1980s, IBM Research used a scanning tunneling microscope tip to arrange individual atoms on a surface. In 1989, researchers spelled out the letters "IBM" with 35 xenon atoms. This feat has been identified as one of the starting moments of nanotechnology because of the access it gave scientists to atoms. (Don Eigler, pictured.)

Related links: 20 Years of Moving Atoms, One by One (Wired); How to Move and Atom (IBM Research Blog); Don Eigler: Moving Atoms, One-By-One (TEDx Caltech)

Image credit: Engineering and Technology History Wiki

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