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IBM and University Collaborator Are First To Measure Required Force to Move Individual Atoms

IBM’s Alamaden Research Center in San Jose, in collaboration with the University of Regensburg in Germany, have for the first time measured the force it takes to move individual atoms on a surface. In order to design and construct small structures to enable nanotechnologies, it is important to understand the force necessary to move individual atoms on exact surfaces. Their findings pave the way for designing advanced nanoscale devices, such as computer chips and miniature storage devices. The research team’s complete findings will be published in Science magazine this month.

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