A microscope that can see atoms

Published April 30, 2020

Let’s freeze car­bon monox­ide to ‑266° centi­grade* to make a nee­dle with a sin­gle mol­e­cule on its end. Then we’ll use that nee­dle to make a crazy super-pre­cise scan­ning-tun­nelling micro­scope that can “deter­mine the loca­tion of atoms with­in mol­e­cules.”

Why? First of all, why not? Secondly, it can allow the cre­ation of ultra-pure mate­ri­als, like build­ing a brick wall with every brick and every space per­fect­ly sized.

* ‑447° in Freedom Units
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